Lord Seb Coe was Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in 2012.
A former British athlete, Seb won the 1500m gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records. He was the first man to break the 1 minute 43 seconds, and 1 minute 42 seconds barriers in the 800m event and is widely considered to be amongst the greatest middle distance runners of all time.
Following his retirement from athletics, he served as a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1992. On becoming a life peer in 2000, he returned to politics as William Hague’s (then Leader of the Conservatives) Chief of Staff for a short time.
In 2005, he led the London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. After the International Olympic Committee announced London as the winning bid, he took on the role of Chairman of the organising committee.
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