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Sebastian Coe to take over as British Olympic head

  • London Olympics organizing head Sebastian Coe is to take over as the chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA), according to a statement released on Wednesday.

    The BOA said British hockey chief Richard Leman had pulled out of the race, leaving Coe to succeed Colin Moynihan at the association's next National Olympic Committee meeting on November 7.

    Two-time Olympic 1,500-meter champion Coe, 56, confirmed last month he had been asked to stand for the position.

    "Recognizing the unique circumstance in which we find ourselves in having the person who led the organisation and delivery of what is widely regarded as the most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in history standing for election as our next chair, I have decided to put my full support behind Seb Coe and his candidacy," Leman said in the BOA statement.