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Lord Coe elected to European Olympic Committee

Lord Coe has been elected to the Executive Committee of the European Olympic Committees Credit: Reuters

British Olympic Association Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe has been elected to the Executive Committee of the European Olympic Committees.

Lord Coe, who played a central role in delivering a successful London 2012 as chairman of LOCOG, will hold the post for an initial term of four years.

He said he was "deeply honoured" to have been chosen for the role.

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Lord Coe to head sport charity

Lord Coe is former chair of London 2012, and now chairs the British Olympic Association Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Lord Coe is to chair a new sport charity, aiming to ensure that London 2012's legacy aims are met. The former London 2012 chairman will head International Inspiration, created to increase the number of children, young people and marginalised groups taking part in physical education, sport and play

Lord Coe will chair the new sports charity International Inspiration Credit: Matt Alexander/PA

Lord Coe said: "This venture is an opportunity for me, my colleagues on the IN Board, and our friends, partners and supporters around the world, to commit ourselves to making sure that the legacy of London 2012 benefits the youth of the world for many years to come"

He added that London 2012 gave this country "a once in a lifetime opportunity to boost sport's place as the unseen social worker".

"As we focus on securing a strong legacy and look to the future it is important that those programmes and projects which have successfully capitalised on the opportunity are rewarded, and that the UK does not lose sight of the future opportunities in this area."

Patient praises new sports institute: 'It makes me feel special'

A patient at the new sports institute officially opened by Lord Coe in central London today said having the facilities open to people other than elite athletes makes her feel like a valued member of society.

Heather Hatter also praised the institute for the positive atmosphere which 'spurs them all on' to recover.

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The "Weirwolf" receives a CBE

David Weir poses with his CBE. Credit: John Stillwell, PA

Paralympics superstar David Weir received a CBE at Buckingham Palace today, after collecting a haul of gold medals at London 2012.

The wheelchair racer from Sutton was unbeaten during last year's Games, winning gold in the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and the T54 Marathon.

David Weir receives his CBE from the Princess Royal. Credit: Dominic Lipinski, PA

After the ceremony, the sportsman recalled his memories of last summer: "It was just a special time for any Paralympian - we knew it was going to be big because it was going to be in our home city, but just to go out and hear that crowd every day was just an amazing feeling."

He added: "It was the first time we didn't feel disabled, we felt like athletes, we felt like Olympians - we felt like we should have been there.

"Seeing that stadium full for morning sessions was just unbelievable, it was just a dream come true. I felt like I was dreaming all the time, I just felt 'This is not real'. I thought someone was going to wake me up and I was going to race into an empty stadium.

"I felt so proud to be British and we pulled that off. You've got to thank Seb Coe and Locog and everyone else for telling us it would be the best Paralympics ever."

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