Hunt given Commonwealth role

The Bolton News: Andy Hunt has been made a special advisor to the board of Commonwealth Games England Andy Hunt has been made a special advisor to the board of Commonwealth Games England

Former British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt has been appointed special advisor to the board of Commonwealth Games England.

Having led the British team at London 2012, the 49-year-old ended a five-year spell with the BOA back in February. As well as working as chief executive for the governing body, Hunt held the post of chef de mission at last year's Olympics as well as the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

"I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as a special advisor to the board of Commonwealth Games England," Hunt said.

"Glasgow 2014 is now less than 15 months away and it is a superb opportunity for England's athletes to excel at another 'home' Games in the UK.

"I look forward to working with the board and bringing my experience of leading Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, whilst ensuring England's athletes have the best chance of achieving success and truly making this nation proud."

Hunt's arrival at Commonwealth Games England will undoubtedly put him in the frame for the vacant chef de mission role at Glasgow 2014. However, for the time being at least, he will advise the board on games delivery matters and will help assist in planning for next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Hunt links up with Commonwealth Games England immediately and was welcomed by Sir Andrew Foster, chairman of the board.

"I am very pleased to welcome Andy to our organisation and the board and I are looking forward to utilising his games delivery knowledge, as we focus on providing the best possible support for our athletes," he said.

"London 2012 highlighted just how important a 'one team' approach is, and we will use Andy's experience to develop a similar philosophy of togetherness for Glasgow 2014."

England have participated in every previous Commonwealth Games and finished third in the medal table at the 2010 Delhi Games, where the team won 37 gold medals, 59 silver and 46 bronze.

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