Chef de Mission role for England

Blackpool Citizen: Lord Coe, pictured, believes Mark England has the experience to help deliver further success for Team GB Lord Coe, pictured, believes Mark England has the experience to help deliver further success for Team GB

Mark England has been appointed Chef de Mission of Team GB for the Baku 2015 European Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the British Olympic Association has announced.

England is currently the director of Sport Services at the BOA and has previously been a deputy Chef de Mission at six Olympic Games, including London 2012.

His appointment was unanimously approved by the BOA Board at a meeting on Tuesday.

BOA chairman Lord Coe believes England has the experience to help deliver further success for Team GB.

Coe said: "I'm delighted that the Board has approved Mark's appointment. We have already seen a hugely successful Team GB compete in Sochi earlier this year and we want that momentum to continue at the European Games in Baku and then on to Rio in 2016.

"The athletes on the field of play will ultimately be those who will inspire and excite the British public, but the right support team provides a powerful foundation for the athletes - and the Board has confidence that is exactly what Mark will deliver."

England said it is an honour to have been selected for the role.

He said: "I'm hugely honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the teams heading out to Baku and Rio over the next couple of years.

"I look forward to working with my Team GB colleagues and the National Governing Bodies to ensure the preparations being put in place are world class."

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