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Lord Coe 'pulls out' of race to chair BBC Trust

Sebastian Coe has signalled he has pulled out of the race to become the next chairman of the BBC Trust.

Seb Coe suggested he doesn't have the "capacity" to chair the BBC Trust.
Seb Coe suggested he doesn't have the "capacity" to chair the BBC Trust. Credit: PA

The London 2012 supremo, who is chairman of the British Olympic Association, was at one point the Government's preferred candidate for the role but told the Daily Mail he did not have the "capacity" for the job.

He said: "I did allow my name to go forward to give myself time to properly analyse whether I had enough time to do the job to the best of my abilities.

"On reflection, I haven't the capacity and I now want to concentrate on my current commitments and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) election."

Other names mentioned in relation to the role at the BBC's governing body include Dame Marjorie Scardino, the former chief executive of the company behind the Financial Times, and Channel 4 chairman Lord Burns.

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Lord Coe calls for 'tough' action against coaches

Former London 2012 chairman Lord Coe has called for anti-doping authorities to "get tough" with coaches, agents and physios in order to combat doping.

The positive drug tests of sprinters Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay earlier this month has led to athletics being engulfed in another doping scandal.

Lord Coe has called for anti-doping authorities to target coaches, agents and physios Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Speaking to The Times ahead of the Anniversary Games, Lord Coe said authorities needed to "get tough" with other key players in athletics:

“This is not just an athlete issue. Let’s get tough with physios and coaches and managers and agents.

“They are all part of this landscape. This is not something where we should be focusing entirely on the athlete, important as they are and responsible for everything they consume or ingest.”

Lord Coe receives a special award for London 2012 role

Lord Coe received a special award at Buckingham Palace today for his role as chairman of London 2012.

The two-time Olympic champion was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour by the Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony.

Lord Sebastian Coe
Lord Sebastian Coe is made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

He said: "It's a lovely honour and I'm deeply flattered.

It is really a recognition for the extraordinary work of so many people: our teams at Locog, the most talented, focused people I've ever worked with - and the people of Britain whose generosity of spirit helped get us across the line."

Lord Coe holds his Companions of Honour award
Lord Coe holds his Companions of Honour award Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Order consists of the sovereign and 65 ordinary members and recognises service of national importance.

Previous recipients include scientist Professor Stephen Hawking, naturalist Sir David Attenborough and painter David Hockney.

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Prime Minister Johnson and Mayor Coe?

by - Former UK Editor

Boris Johnson and Seb Coe both denied my suggestion that they were the next Prime Minister and Mayor of London respectively.

Lord Coe later joked that politics "left him in a very big way in 1997," referring to that year's general election in which he lost his seat for Falmouth and Camborne. Perhaps the voters would feel a bit warmer towards him now.

Lord Coe's remit as Olympic legacy ambassador

  • Advise the Prime Minister on how to make the most of the Games in reaching the Government's target of £13bn economic benefit as a result of hosting the Games
  • Act as a roving global ambassador to help win new trade and investment deals for British businesses who have helped make the Olympic Games such a success
  • Advise the Prime Minister on ways to ensure that legacy plans across the four key areas - economic, sporting, volunteering and regeneration - are put into action and the pace of activity stays high

Lord Coe to help deliver 'best Olympic legacy ever'

Seb Coe has done a brilliant job delivering the best Games ever. Now I want him to help me deliver the best Olympic legacy ever. Legacy has been built into the DNA of London 2012 from the very beginning thanks to Seb. I'm delighted that (IOC president) Jacques Rogge described our legacy plans as a blueprint for future Games hosts.

I am determined to make the most of the economic opportunities on offer from hosting the Games - making sure that we turn these Games into gold for Britain. I cannot think of a better person than Seb to be our ambassador to the global market-place and make sure we achieve our ambitious legacy targets.

– David Cameron
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