• London Olympics 2012

Coe to stand for BOA chairman role

ESPN staff
September 10, 2012
Sebastian Coe could become the new chairman of the BOA © PA Photos

Sebastian Coe confirmed on Monday that he will stand to be the next chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA).

The BOA arranged a sub-committee to draw up a list of candidates to succeed Lord Moynihan, who steps down next month. Coe, the London 2012 chairman, revealed he is one of the individuals approached to apply for the role.

Having headed up London's bid for the 2012 Games, and then played a successful role as organising committee chairman, it is predicted that Coe will be the outstanding candidate to take over from Lord Moynihan.

Coe said: "'I have been asked and I'm happy for my name to go forward. I was asked formally and on this day of all days why wouldn't you want to help?

"I wouldn't presume anything but I was asked, I thought about it, and I have always had a huge debt of gratitude to the British Olympic Association.

"They fought to allow me to go to Moscow, and actually everything I have done in the last few years might not have been possible had I not had that Olympic experience, so it's an organisation I have a deep, deep commitment to. The BOA is a fantastic organisation."

Coe, who also wants to become president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in the future, was in attendance as Britain's Olympic and Paralympic stars paraded through London on Monday. Reflecting on the huge success of the Games, Coe said he looked forward to seeing the legacy that has been left.

"I'm not sad because I think the best part of the story still lies ahead," he said. "If we deliver in the same way on that that we have delivered in this project then we will get there.

"I have always thought quite long-term about things. It is the first morning since October 2003 that I have woken up without having to think about whether we are going to win a bid or whether we are going to be able to deliver a Games.

"So it was an unusual morning for me, standing on the Mall saluting the most extraordinary people. It has been lovely, it was everything that those guys deserved, it has been fantastic."

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