Sebastian Coe handed new Olympic ‘legacy’ role

Torchbearer 140 Lord Sebastian Coe carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Sheffield.

Torchbearer 140 Lord Sebastian Coe carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Sheffield.

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SEBASTIAN Coe has been given a new role to make sure the sporting spirit of the Olympic games continues.

The Sheffield-schooled running champion, who has been the chairman of the London games organising committee, will now be Prime Minister David Cameron’s ‘legacy ambassador’.

Former Tapton School student Lord Coe will now advise on the best ways to secure long-term benefits for the UK and act as a roving ambassador to help secure deals for British firms.

Number 10 said that Lord Coe - who carried the Olympic flame in Sheffield – would also be tasked with ensuring efforts to boost sporting, volunteering and regeneration effects were also kept on track.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Seb Coe has done a brilliant job delivering the best games ever. Now I want him to help me deliver the best Olympic legacy ever.”

Lord Coe said: “In terms of delivering world class events, Britain is at the top of its game right now.

“Capitalising on this within the UK and around the world is clearly a priority and I am delighted to be involved.”

Staff at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge leisure centre have also sent their congratulations to USA diver David Boudia, who won a gold medal in platform diving on Saturday after training at the site with his team for two weeks.

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