Lord Sebastian COE

Entry in the IOC 2020
Born 29 September 1956
Games Participated 1980, 1984
Athlete profile
Sebastian COE

Lord Sebastian COE



BSE Honours degree in Economics and Social History, Loughborough University (UK)


Athlete (retired 1990); Member of Parliament for Falmouth and Camborne (1992-1997); Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition (1997-2001); Chair, London bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (2004); Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) (2005-2012); Chair, British Olympic Association (2012-2016); Executive Chairman of CSM Sport and Entertainment (2013-); Vice-President (2007-2015) and then President, International Association of Athletics Federations (now World Athletics) (2015-2019 and 2019-)

Sports practised


Sports career

800m European indoor champion (1977); United Kingdom 800m record (1978); 800m, 1,500m and mile world records (1979); Games of the XXII Olympiad Moscow 1980: gold medal 1,500m, silver medal 800m; Games of the XXIII Olympiad Los Angeles 1984: gold medal 1,500m, silver medal 800m

Sports administration

Chair of the Diamond League AC; Member, Executive Council, Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC); Chair, ANOC Working Group on Youth; Council, Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF)

Membership of other associations

Member, Laureus World Sport Academy; Founder and Trustee, Sebastian Coe Charitable Foundation CIO

Other activities

Chairman and Director, The Complete Leisure Group (CLG); Non-Executive Director, Vitality Companies; Non-Executive Director, Fortescue Metals Group; Chancellor, Loughborough University; Senior Adviser, Morgan Stanley and Co. International; Strategic Advisor and ambassador for Vitality life and health insurance; Consultant, Chelsea Football Club; Ambassador, Horometrie SA

Awards and distinctions

BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1979); Appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) (1982); Appointed Life Peer and took title Lord Coe of Ranmore (2000); Knighthood in New Year’s Honours List (2006); Companion of Honour in recognition of the successful delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games London 2012 (2013)

IOC History

Member of the following commissions: Coordination for Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (2014-2021); Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport