During the summer months, we’ve been working on a massive project that I truly want every single person who reads this blog to be involved in. Don’t worry, it doesn’t end with you buying something, but it does provide you with a voice in a massive international survey we’ve undertaken on the health of world sport. I’m convinced it will interest every sports-mad person who cares passionately about the future of sport and equally convinced the results will give us all something to discuss on a worldwide scale.
Regular readers will know by now that I have a passion for fair and clean sport. The SKINS brand reflects those values too, not because they’re mine but because they are the fundamental principles that all of us associated with SKINS genuinely believe in. In fact, we believe that the vast majority of sports fans believe in them too but the sad fact is that sometimes the majority can be treated like the minority when blazer-wearers get involved.
I’m sure we’ve all felt it at some point or other. There can be millions of sports fans shouting the same message, but if for some political or self-serving reason the blokes in blazers don’t agree, they pretend they’re deaf or we’re not shouting loud enough. As sports fans, we’re continually fed a diet of meaningless rhetoric that is intended to keep us off their backs, retain their cosy status quo and allow them to carry on sitting in their ivory towers.
Well sometime ago, I decided I’d had enough. I checked with the staff at SKINS and it seems they agreed. The recent events around doping, corruption cheating and mismanagement on a global scale has finally got us to a point where we’re going to talk about it by doing what the administrators don’t – listening to you.
So this is the deal. We’ve set up an independent survey to determine what sports fans, competitors and even administrators (yes, really) think about the state of world sport and I’d love you to add your thoughts.
Is enough being done to eradicate doping?
Should more money be ploughed into projects and initiatives that would REALLY make a difference?
Is the current strategy of “test test test” the best way to fight this problem?
If your favourite team was found guilty of cheating by using PED’s, would you be tempted to cancel your season ticket, membership or subscription?
Or perhaps you actually don’t care what consenting athletes put into their bodies to enhance their performance as long as you see a decent spectacle?
In simple terms, do you actually care what happens away from the playing field, track or pitch?
This survey, which is being conducted by an independent party, is going to shape some really exciting stuff we’re planning at SKINS and I’d genuinely love you to be part of it. Completion only takes a couple of minutes and we’ll be sharing the results as soon as we’re able after next Sunday’s closing date, August 25th.
As a further taster, here’s a sneak preview of one of the actual statements you’ll be asked to consider.
“Athletes who take illegal performance enhancing drugs ruin the fairness of competition”
You get to choose one of five options ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree and those regulars amongst you will undoubtedly know what my answer to this one would be!
But the thing is, we want to hear your answers. I’m looking forward to reading the full results and sharing them with you as soon as we can. It really will make a difference if you complete the survey and it will enhance the accuracy of results we’re looking to use in a far-reaching project that we can share with you all very shortly.
Thanks. Here’s the link: