Olympic Cyclist Callum Skinner Criticizes Leave.EU For Using His Image

Callum Skinner
Callum Skinner, of Great Britain, poses for photographs on the podium at the medal ceremony for Men's Sprint on Day 9 of Rio 2016. He has criticised Leave.EU for using his image to support its agenda. Bryn Lennon/Getty

Olympic cyclist Callum Skinner has told political pressure group Leave.EU not to use his image as part of a campaign promoting the U.K. leaving the European Union.

Leave.EU posted a video montage on Twitter featuring all of Team GB's medal winners alongside the tagline "We may be small, but we truly are Great Britain."

A fantastic effort so far by @TeamGB! We may be small, but we truly are Great Britain! #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/QuhFiD3i32

— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) August 15, 2016

The 30-second video uses pictures of Team GB's medal-winning athletes and the country's second position on the medal table as proof of its campaign belief in Brexit.

Skinner, who won a gold medal in the men's team sprint and a silver in the men's sprint, took exception to the video and responded via Twitter from Rio.

He thanked Leave.EU for the general message of support but criticized the group for hijacking his image to support its agenda.

thanks the the support 😊 but I wish you wouldn't use my image to promote your campaign. 🇪🇺🇬🇧

— Callum Skinner (@CallumSkinner) August 16, 2016