Top job for Olympic Games legend Coe

Old boy returns: Seb Coe at Tapton School with his former teachers John O'Keeffe and Ann Riley
Old boy returns: Seb Coe at Tapton School with his former teachers John O'Keeffe and Ann Riley
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SEBASTIAN Coe has been elected as the new chairman of the British Olympic Association.

Lord Coe, the London 2012 chairman was unopposed for the election to succeed Lord Moynihan. He was elected at a meeting of all the British Olympic sports in London yesterday afternoon.

The former double-Olympic champion at 1,500 metres developed his talent in Sheffield under the guidance of his coach and father Peter.

After his glittering athletics career ended in 1990 Coe moved into politics as a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party before masterminding the bid that won London the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Games are widely considered to be the most successful Olympiad and made him the obvious candidate to succeed Moynihan.

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