Olympic Games: Lord Coe made legacy ambassador

 
Lord Coe (left) and David Cameron The prime minister praised Lord Coe for his work on the Olympic Games

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Lord Coe is to be the UK's Olympics legacy ambassador, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

Mr Cameron said the Games had "lifted the whole country" and Lord Coe had been its "head and heart".

Lord Coe said he was "very happy" to drive the legacy forward but it was not a "one- man mission" and the "whole nation" had to support its values.

The former middle distance athlete, who won Olympic gold in 1980 and 1984, has chaired Games organiser Locog.

That position came after Lord Coe - a Conservative MP from 1992 to 1997 - had led the successful bid for London to host the Games.

He will now advise Mr Cameron on the best ways to secure long-term benefits for the UK.

Lord Coe will also act as a roving ambassador to help secure deals for British firms.

Downing Street said he would also be tasked with ensuring efforts to boost sporting, volunteering and regeneration effects were also kept on track.

The prime minister said Lord Coe had "done a brilliant job delivering the best Games ever", adding: "Now I want him to help me deliver the best Olympic legacy ever."

Mr Cameron told the BBC there was a "huge opportunity" to build the legacy for the Games.

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He said the Olympics had been a "massive self-confidence boost" about "who we are as a country and what we stand for".

The prime minister announced that government funding for Britain's Olympic sports will be extended until the Rio Olympics in 2016.

UK Sport, the body that distributes money to Olympic and Paralympic sports, will receive £125m per year.

The government had previously announced that the estimated £40m that comes from the Exchequer for that funding would only be guaranteed until the end of 2014.

When asked about his new role, Lord Coe said: "I'm very, very happy to play a part in helping drive some of the legacy values forward, both economically, socially, sporting and clearly in sport. That's everything that we believe in.

"But, this is not a one-man mission. The whole nation has to get behind the legacy values here because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Lord Coe, looking ahead to the Paralympics, also told the BBC organisers were "only halfway through".

"We want to deliver the best Paralympic Games ever," he said.

Speaking at a news conference, he said he had never worked with such "focused, passionate people" as those involved in organising the Games and gave them his thanks.

Again referring to the Paralympics, he said his team were "close to exhaustion" but would rally for the "second half" of events.

 

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    Comment number 639.

    @634 Coe and Moynihan have both called for more state school medallists, at least Coe is moving to a position where he can hopefully influence government policy to deliver more state school medals.

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    Comment number 638.

    Give me £9 billion and thousands of volunteers , thousands of BMW cars , the authority to shut down roads at will, 6 floors of Barclays office space and I could organise the same thing. Unfortunately Boris and Seb Coe are taking all the credit with Cameron latching on to the latest medal winner, oh and I support conservative. Please let's not get carried away!

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    Comment number 637.

    The Times on Sat. said Queen & Philip would attend closing ceremony. If she just CHOSE not to attend, what a snub to our athletes and the organisers. Closing speeches obviously expected her as they all started "Your Majesty". We spent the entire evening worrying about Philip's health.

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    Comment number 636.

    @631 Sport contributes to GDP Man U are the most valuable sports team in the world and the Premier League the most valuable league in the world. Wimbledon is the top tennis event in the world, Henley rowing, Badminton 3 day eventing, London Marathon the list goes on.

    We need to build on the Olympic success to both keep winning at a rate above our GDP and Population and hosting more sports.

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    Comment number 635.

    Until a satisfactory explaination is given as to how a £2bn bid turned into a £9bn cost, all this self congratulations is only serving to sour public feelings towards the whole Olympic effort! (Will I be sued now for using the word Olympic!!!!!)

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    Comment number 634.

    Lots of fine words from Lord Coe ... but until the government backs it up with proper investment in sports facilities and education in schools and the wider community, thats all it is. Words. Non-state schools are hugely disproportionately represented in team GB, but unfortunately thats the only sector of education that Gove and Cameron are really interested in promoting.

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    Comment number 633.

    Its so laughable , that David Cameron believes we can drive this Euphoria of the Olympic games forward , This country needs government investment in state of the art factories , small ship yards , road building not on hot air , Lord Coe may have done a good job , but his involvement in getting business for Great Britain is just laughable ,

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    Comment number 632.

    We also have people at work with made up job titles .

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    Comment number 631.

    We'll soon be back to broken Britain !
    It'll be interesting to see how much sports add to GDP.
    Sports are a total transient disposable.
    Participate, but not to the detriment to your own successful future.
    Best way forward.
    Get your education completed.

    Thoughts of AK

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    Comment number 630.

    Gordon
    What do you mean "those like you", you dont know me you read one comment I posted and think that gives you the right to accuse me of being vitriolic in my views. I dont suppose you think of the millions that has been earnt by visitors to the games and the likleyhood of increaces in tourism. You just see the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

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    Comment number 629.

    I think everyone has or will be making money out of the games but the people that made the games successful the UNPAID volunteers surely they should get some sort of bonus FINANCIALLY of course well that is my view !!!!

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    Comment number 628.

    Average-UK-male

    Unless I am mistaken this is open to all points of view, those of us who can see past the smoke and mirrors are entitled to our opinions. Why is that those like you are the most vitriolic in there views? When we have all gotten over this fly-by-night feel good factor and left counting the true legacy of the billions squandered it will be late to do anything about it.

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    Comment number 623.

    awesom games despite the ticket allocation shambles, the joke that is G4S (Dont you dare try and curry faveour with donations to the military, your company is a farce) and the ever spiraling budget (on budget my arse, everything is on budget if you keep upping the quote) This is clearly jobs for the boys, but so what, doesnt affect me at the end of the day. Well done the athletes, done us proud.

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    Comment number 622.

    Spagbo199 -counter clockwise, you sure you don't mean anti-clockwise or have we embraced everything American already?

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    Comment number 621.

    The games were a great success thanks to the athletes, the volunteers, the army and the police. Locog showed their ability by selecting G4 for private security (and we know what happened there) and emptying London for 2 weeks (is that good or bad?) and who gets the practical thanks?
    Not saying this is jobs for the boys but just how much will Lord Coe get from the job and associated perks?

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    Comment number 620.

    592.phlebas - "At last the whole disgusting display of excess is over A total waste of over 9 billion and for what?"

    For a damn show of what we Brits can do when we work together & a few weeks of utterly compulsive sport thrown in for good measure, plus yet example of why outsourcing does not work (the security fiasco).

    Over 2/3s of Brits agree that whilst it was worth every penny....

 

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