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England in charge of Team GB

Mark England has been appointed Team GB's Chef de Mission for the Baku 2015 European Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

England is the current Director of Sport Services with the British Olympic Association and has previous been a deputy Chef De Mission at six Olympic Games.

He succeeds Andy Hunt in the role and his appointment was unanimously approved at a board meeting on Tusday.

"I'm hugely honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the teams heading out to Baku and Rio over the next couple of years," England said on teamgb.com.

"I look forward to working with my Team GB colleagues and the National Governing Bodies to ensure the preparations being put in place are world class."

BOA chairman Lord Coe believes England has the experience to help deliver further success for Team GB.

"I'm delighted that the Board has approved Mark's appointment. We have already seen a hugely successful Team GB compete in Sochi earlier this year and we want that momentum to continue at the European Games in Baku and then on to Rio in 2016.

"The athletes on the field of play will ultimately be those who will inspire and excite the British public, but the right support team provides a powerful foundation for the athletes - and the Board has confidence that is exactly what Mark will deliver."