Eurosport - Tue, 22 Jun 11:43:00 2010
England rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward has been appointed to an influential new International Olympic Committee commission.
Woodward, the British Olympic Association's director of performance, will sit on the newly-formed Entourage Commission as a representative of all 205 national Olympic committees.
The commission, which will be chaired by former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka will be responsible for addressing matters relating to coaches, trainers and the athletes' support team in general.
It was set-up following a recommendation by the Olympic Congress in Copenhagen last October.
"It is a great honour and privilege to be invited to become a member the IOCs' Entourage Commission," said Woodward, who was a royal box guest on the opening day of the Wimbledon yesterday.
"I am looking forward to working alongside great Olympians such as Sergey Bubka, to deliver insights and recommendations in the interests of serving the coaches, trainers and support staff of athletes.
"Through my work with the Olympic Coaching Programme we have identified that behind every truly great athlete is a world class coach and support staff.
"The Entourage Commission will play a crucial role in focussing on the development and endeavours of the ‘team behind the athlete', and I am delighted to offer my expertise, particularly on matters relating to coaching, to the IOC."