The British Olympic Association yesterday announced that Craig Reedie had been successfully re-elected as the organisation’s Chairman. In addition, David Hemery, the former President of UK Athletics, was also elected as Vice-Chairman, alongside existing Vice-Chairman, Albert Woods, who was re-elected.
Chairman Craig Reedie was initially elected in 1992 and it had been his intention to stand down this year. However he has been asked by the Government, the GLA, London 2012 and senior members of the IOC to reconsider this decision in the light of the candidature of London for the 2012 Olympic Games. Commenting on his re-election Reedie said: "It has been an honour to be Chairman of the BOA for all these years and it has been put to me that it would be unwise for the NOC to change its Chairman in the middle of a complex and demanding bidding process. I look forward to working with vigour in the run up to the IOC’s decision in July".
Former Vice Chairman John James stepped down from his role, but continues his involvement with the BOA as Chairman of the British Olympic Foundation. Olympians Matthew Pinsent and Kate Allenby were both co-opted on to the Committee as individual members. Commenting on his role Pinsent said:
"After a successful summer on the water I am looking forward to retaining a role with in the BOA. With the organisation on the brink of an exciting year it is a wonderful opportunity for me to sit and contribute to the Olympic Movement within the UK".