Keynote address 3: Using sports talent to promote health and well-being


Lord Sebastian Coe is currently the President, International Association of Athletics Foundation (IAAF) and the Chancellor of Loughborough University, Executive Chairman of CSM Sport and Entertainment and a member of the IOC Tokyo 2020 Coordination Committee and council member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations. He was Chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, having previously been Chairman of the London 2012 bid company. Seb as he is popularly known set 12 world records during his athletics career. At the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 he won gold in the 1500m and silver in the 800m, a feat which he repeated in Los Angeles in 1984.

He retired from competitive athletics in 1990 and became a Member of Parliament and Private Secretary to William Hague. In 2002 he was made a Peer. He received a Knighthood in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List and in 2013 received his Companion of Honour in recognition of the successful delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Seb is also a Laureus World Sport Academy Member.