The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today (Thursday, 17 March) announced Mark England OBE as Chef de Mission for Team GB for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Mark has successfully led Team GB at each of the last two summer editions of the Olympic Games, where the nation has secured 67 medals at Rio 2016 and 64 medals at Tokyo 2020.
He becomes only the fifth person in the history of Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Olympic Games to have led the team into competition on at least three separate occasions.
Awarded the OBE for his services to Olympic sport in 2016, Mark oversaw the 374-strong athlete delegation in Tokyo in the summer of 2021, following a year’s delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the pandemic, Team GB were one of the few major nations to keep their delegation entirely Covid free at the Games.
Mark has attended 10 Olympic and Olympic Winter Games in a leadership role.
He said: “There remains no greater honour than being asked to lead Team GB as Chef de Mission at the Olympic Games. I am proud and humbled to support our exceptional athletes and sports in competition at the world’s greatest sporting event.
“Paris 2024 will be an incredible Games for Team GB and the British public can look forward to another wonderful summer of sporting achievement from the country’s finest athletes.”
BOA Chair, Sir Hugh Robertson, said: “We are delighted to announce Mark England as our Chef de Mission for Paris 2024. His leadership through the Rio and Tokyo Games was outstanding and I know he carries the confidence of athletes and sports alike.”
BOA CEO, Andy Anson, added: “My congratulations go to Mark on a well-deserved appointment – Paris is undoubtedly going to be an exceptional Games, and it’s one we are very much looking forward to.
“We have just returned from our latest recce to Paris and we feel our plans for 2024 are well advanced. We are confident that we will be as well prepared as ever to take advantage of the closest thing we will get to a home Games in the near future.”