SHEFFIELD’S own London Olympics chief Lord Seb Coe has revealed research which confirms the games and its role models have inspired children to take up sport.
“Seventy per cent of people polled say kids became more interested and were inspired towards sport - role models created spikes in interest in sports clubs,” he said.
“London and the UK was also showcased to massive advantaged around the world
“It’s a very good platform for the legacy.”
The 56-year-old double Olympic medallist was speaking as the special guest at the first streamed Speakers Breakfast, organised by JLA, a London based agency for booking speakers, presenters and performers.
He also revealed he was inspired to get the Olympics right by a pal who warned him: “Get it wrong and you won’t be carrying the torch - you’ll be carrying the can!”
It was one of his many amusing, anecdotal insights into his role as chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. He has since been appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association.
Lord Coe, promoting newly-published autobiography, Running My Life, took questions from the audience and from people watching live on the internet.
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A former middle-distance runner, he won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984.
He set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle-distance track events.
Coe’s rivalries with fellow Britons Steve Ovett and Steve Cram dominated middle-distance racing for much of the 1980s.
Following his retirement from athletics, he was a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party from 1992–97, and became a Life Peer in 2000.
In 2007, he was also elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Earlier this year he was of one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame.
He grew up in Broomhill, Sheffield, attending Tapton and Abbeydale Grange Schools, after moving to the city from London as a 12-year-old
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