Johnson Health Tech (JHT), the Cottage Grove, WI-based manufacturer of such brands as Matrix Fitness, once again pledged its support of the Livestrong Foundation.
JHT, which also distributes more than 12 Livestrong-branded consumer products in the United States, was asked by Club Industry to comment in the wake of Thursday night's Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the former chairman of Livestrong admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career after years of denial.
"While we are disappointed by the recent news regarding Lance Armstrong's cycling career, we continue to support the work of the foundation he founded in 1997 to improve the lives of people facing a cancer diagnosis," the company said in a statement released today. "Johnson Health Tech (JHT) has been a partner with the Livestrong Foundation for the past four years to help support important programming and services that help families throughout the world overcome cancer's financial, practical and emotional challenges. JHT plans to continue its support of Livestrong and its mission to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer."
JHT added that it will continue to produce Livestrong-branded equipment. The company made a similar statement after Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
Last October, 24 Hour Fitness cut ties with Armstrong, with whom the company had built six signature clubs, after a report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency detailed widespread doping through banned drugs and blood transfusions by Armstrong and his cycling teams.
Earlier this week, Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City terminated a naming rights deal with Livestrong involving the team's home stadium, formerly known as Livestrong Sporting Park, after a contract dispute.