The Chris Hoy Velodrome will be part of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (Getty Images)
(ATR) Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper has announced he will leave the organization after Glasgow 2014.
In 2000, the then-secretary general with the New Zealand Olympic Committee became the CGF’s first full-time chief executive.
Hooper is credited with the establishment of the modern Commonwealth Games administration, moving it from a small volunteer-based administration to a professional operation. He also made a significant contribution to growing the federation's financial base.
Commenting on his decision to quit the organization, he said: “We have been through a huge development phase, putting the CGF on a professional footing as a modern global sports organization with a strong financial foundation and a series of exceptional host cities.
“I’ve enjoyed the job enormously. It has been hugely challenging at times, particularly in the lead-up to Delhi, but we persevered and, in the end, those Games were a success for the athletes.
“Manchester, Melbourne, and Delhi have all added to the rich heritage of the Commonwealth Games and I’m sure Glasgow and the Gold Coast will do the same.
“But the timing is perfect for me to make a move. I sat down with the president and the board, and we’ve put together a plan that sees me at the helm until Glasgow, and involved in ensuring a successful handover to the next CEO.
CGF president Prince Tunku Imran, who is a Malaysian IOC member, paid tribute to Hooper’s contribution.
“After so many years as the driving force behind the CGF, Mike has recognised that the time is right to pass the baton to a new leader for the next phase of the CGF’s development.”
“We are fortunate to have had Mike serving us tirelessly for the past 13 years, and we are appreciative that he has agreed to stay on until the successful delivery of the Games in Glasgow and to facilitate a successful transition to the next chapter of our development,” Imran added.
Imran said that a worldwide search for a new CEO would now take place.
“It is great timing for a new CEO to come in and build on Mike’s legacy.”
Written by Mark Bisson
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