LONDON: Andy Anson, who headed up England’s doomed bid to win host rights to the 2018 World Cup, has been named new ceo of the British Olympic Association.
The 54-year-old, who joins from the financially-troubled Goals Soccer Centres where he has been ceo, has been an unpaid independent non-executive director of the BOA since 2011.
A BOA statement said: “With the BOA being completely independently funded to fulfil its objectives of taking athletes to the Olympic Games, Anson brings a wealth of commercial and marketing experience to support Team GB maintaining and growing its status as the nation’s most loved sports team. ”
Chair Sir Hugh Robertson said: “Andy is a very high-grade individual who has a unique combination of sports experience and commercial expertise. We are delighted to have him on board to lead Team GB into Tokyo 2020 and beyond.”
Anson said: “I have been fortunate to enjoy a rewarding career across different aspects of the sports industry over many years, but the BOA is an organisation close to my heart and I am extremely motivated to play a role in the future of the organisation on behalf of the athletes and the member national governing bodies.
“With Tokyo 2020 on the horizon I believe the BOA and Team GB has an exciting future ahead and I am delighted to be asked to lead a team of talented and dedicated professionals to ensure we give the athletes and sports every chance to succeed on sport’s biggest stage.”
Anson succeeds Bill Sweeney who took up a similar role at the Rugby Football Union.