Lord Coe named BOA chairman

AFP-JIJI

Sebastian Coe was elected as the new chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA) on Wednesday.

Coe, the firm favorite for the role after masterminding London’s successful staging of the 2012 Olympics, was elected unopposed after rival candidate Richard Leman, the head of British hockey, stepped aside last month.

The 56-year-old Coe, the 1,500-meter gold medalist at both the 1980 and 1984 Games, added to his already impressive C.V. after overseeing the triumphant Olympics and Paralympics.

At the BOA, Coe — who is seen by many as a future president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) — succeeds Colin Moynihan, who stepped down following the London Games where Great Britain finished third in the medals table.

Coe, speaking after the election, said: “Following the tremendous impact of the London 2012 Games, the BOA has an important role to play in ensuring the growth of the Olympic Movement throughout the U.K. and the continued success and support of Team GB at future Olympic Games.

“I believe the BOA is uniquely positioned to work collaboratively with partners across government and sport to ensure there is a meaningful legacy resulting from the London 2012 Games — a legacy that positively impacts every level of sport and continues to inspire young people around the U.K. to choose sport.

“I am committed to making sure the benefits of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games are maximized and this role gives me an excellent platform to continue to serve and promote British Olympic sport, both in the U.K., and globally.”