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Chris Boardman appointed chair of Sport England

Olympic champion takes on new role alongside Greater Manchester transport commissioner role

Joe Robinson
30 Jun 2021

Olympic champion and Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Chris Boardman has been appointed as the new chair of Sport England.

The 52-year-old will replace the outgoing Nick Bitel who had been in the position since 2013. 

On the announcement, Boardman stated his focus would be on 'supporting and developing grassroots sport and physical activity' while promoting a more active society post-pandemic, during his four-year term which begins on 22nd July.

He added: 'Sport and activity are central to my own life and it's clear they have a heightened importance for all of us right now. I am looking forward to helping the team bring opportunities to be active to more people than ever before.'

Boardman will balance the Sport England chair role alongside his day job as transport comissioner of Greater Manchester, a position he was appointed to in May. In that role, Boardman's focus is on making Manchester a cycling and walking-centric city.

In a recent Cyclist Magazine Podcast, Boardman called for the UK to embrace cycling and walking as a solution to not only he current Covid crisis but the impending climate crisis too, emphasising national government should prioritise active travel going forward. 

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