Sebastian Coe elected chairman of British Olympic Association

LONDON (AP) -- Sebastian Coe has been elected unopposed as the new chairman of the British Olympic Association.

Coe, who headed the London Olympics organizing committee, was assured of the position after the only other nominee withdrew three weeks ago. Richard Leman, head of British field hockey, pulled out in deference to Coe's successful running of the London Games.

Coe succeeds Colin Moynihan, who stepped down as chairman after seven years.

A two-time Olympic middle-distance champion, Coe is also a vice president of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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