Lord Coe to chair charity leading London 2012 international legacy drive

Sebastian Coe is to chair newly merged international sports development charity International Inspiration.

Sebastian Coe was appointed at the first board meeting of the newly merged charity, which aims to inspire, empower and transform lives through sport. The charity will enable the continuation of the ‘Singapore Vision’; the promise made by the London 2012 bid team to "reach young people all around the world and connect them to the inspirational power of the Games so they are inspired to choose sport".

The organisation has been formed through a merger of the II Foundation (IIF), the charity established in 2009 to deliver the London 2012 international sport and social legacy programme, International Inspiration, and International Development through Sport (IDS), a charity founded in 1990 to foster the development of and access to sport in developing countries, initially in southern Africa.

Coe said: “It is an honour for me to be appointed chair of International Inspiration. I am delighted that, through the work of the II Foundation, chaired by my friend and colleague Sir Keith Mills, the promise I made in Singapore back in 2005 has led to millions of children experiencing the inspirational power of the Games. This venture is an opportunity to be involved personally in making sure that the legacy of London 2012 benefits the youth of the world for many years to come, and that the UK continues to blaze a trail as a global leader in enriching lives through sport for development”.
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