|LONDON: Sir Hugh Robertson has been confirmed by the British Olympic Association as chair for a second term, which will take him up to and including the Paris Games in 2024.
After declaring his intent to stand for re-election, Robertson was unchallenged during the nominations period.
First appointed in November 2016, replacing Lord Sebastian Coe, Robertson acted as Vice Chair from 2015 prior to this, during which time he oversaw Coe’s IAAF (now World Athletics) presidential election campaign.
This will be Robertson’s second and final term, which has seen Team GB continue to cement its place within the global Olympic landscape.
A second place in the medal table at Rio 2016 was followed by Pyeongchang 2018 where Team GB created history winning its best ever medal total* including Lizzy Yarnold retaining the gold medal she won in skeleton at Sochi 2014.
Following the postponement and subsequent re-arrangement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Robertson and the BOA’s senior leadership team have navigated the organisation through a difficult societal and economic landscape, allowing Team GB to be in the best possible position leading into the Games in Tokyo in July 2021.
Robertson’s re-appointment will take him up to his 20th year of involvement in sport since being appointed shadow sports minister in 2004. This saw him play an instrumental role in delivering a seminal moment for British sport as London 2012 became known as one of the most successful Olympic Games and sporting events in history.
Robertson said: “It is a huge honour to be re-elected for a further four-year term and to try and provide stability in these uncertain times.
“It will be an unusually busy period with the re-arranged Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021 followed six months later by the Beijing Olympic Winter Games before we move on to a Summer Games in Paris in 2024, a Games which due to geographical proximity will feel akin to a home Games.”
*Due to medals being re-awarded since, Pyeongchang 2018 is now joint best with Sochi 2014