Peers quiz Lord Coe on on Olympic and Paralympic legacy

17 June 2013


Former Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Lord Coe will be questioned by the Lords Committee charged with investigating the legacy of the London 2012 games.

Lord Coe is now Chairman of the British Olympic Association and has been appointed as the Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Ambassador, having been at the helm of last year’s games.

Following last week’s evidence sessions with Dame Tessa Jowell and Ken Livingstone, Lord Coe is likely to face questions from the Committee on issues including:

  • how much influence the inclusion of legacy in the bid had on the International Olympic Committee’s decision to award the 2012 games to London;
  • how LOCOG incorporated legacy planning into its delivery programme and what considerations were given to future use of the Olympic stadium;
  • whether there are robust plans in place to deliver the Olympic legacy and his he confidence that the legacy aspirations outlined in the bid will be delivered; and
  • how well are grassroots, local and community sports organisations equipped in identifying and being able to implement legacy opportunities?

Before Lord Coe’s appearance before the Committee, it will see the following witnesses:

  • Tim Hollingsworth, CEO, British Paralympic Association;
  • Liz Nicholl, CEO, UK Sport; and
  • Darryl Seibel, Director of Communications, British Olympic Association.

The Committee will explore issues including: the performance of British athletes, both in Beijing and London; the appropriateness of current mechanisms for delivering financial support to sports; whether any sports have lost funding as a result of poor performance at the games, at elite level; and expectations for performance at Rio 2016.

The evidence sessions will take place on Wednesday 19 June in Committee Room 3A. The first session will begin at 10.45am and Lord Coe will appear from 12.15pm.

The session will be webcast at www.parliamentlive.tv and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening. 

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