Sir Steven Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent will team up again as directors of London's bid for the 2012 Olympics. The former rowing partners were among 14 members of the bid board, but there was no place for Lord Sebastian Coe, who was expected to be named a bid ambassador.
Other members include those responsible for the successful staging of last year's Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the high jumper Dalton Grant, Princess Anne and the leading Asian businessman Lord Paul of Marylebone. The 14-man board will provide support to the chair Barbara Cassani and will be expected to campaign for London over the next two years.
Full Board: Cassani, Redgrave, Pinsent, Howard Bernstein (chief executive of Manchester City Council and one of the leaders of the Commonwealth Games), Charles Allen (Granada chairman and another Commonwealth Games director), Grant, Mary Reilly (businesswoman and member of the London Development Agency), Neil Coleman (also from the London Development Agency and a key figure in getting the bid launched), Patrick Carter (chairman of Sport England and the former trouble-shooter who rescued the Commonwealth Games and Wembley Stadium project), Derek Anderson (chief executive of Wolverhampton City Council who has previously sat on the Arts and Sports Council), Lord Paul, Princess Anne (British Olympic Association president), Craig Reedie (BOA chairman), Simon Clegg (BOA chief executive), Mike Brace (British Paralympic Association chairman).Reuse content