IOC Appoints Rugby World Cup Head Kit McConnell As Sporting Director
The IOC has appointed Rugby World Cup Head and Tournament Dir KIT MCCONNELL as its new sporting director. McConnell will succeed CHRISTOPHE DUBI, who will take the role of Olympic Games executive director next year (IOC). The AFP reported McConnell "is no stranger to the Olympic world," having served as the IOC's manager of sport operations from '00-02. In that role, he "was responsible for the coordination of sport planning with the national organising committees of the Olympic Games and ties with international federation." McConnell "was previously the coordinator of all sports planning" for the organizers of the 2000 Sydney Olympics (AFP, 11/14).