Lord Seb Coe talks to Sky Sports News about his new book and Olympic memories from London 2012
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 12/11/12 7:01pm
Lord Seb Coe is only just beginning to take in the enormity of the success of the London 2012 Olympics, but insists the hard work is yet to come to ensure the real legacy of the event takes hold in Great Britain.
Coe is now taking over from Lord Moynihan as chairman of the British Olympic Association and is keen to get back into work trying to build on the Olympic factor and get more people into sport.
"Lord Moynihan decided after a very successful spell with the BOA to go off and do other things, I thought long and hard about it and I'm really looking forward to playing a role there and also the legacy role in working alongside the cabinet and Prime Minister," Coe told Sky Sports News.
"Clearly there's a massive appetite for Olympic sport in this country, Team GB performed better than ever before in the Olympics and Paralympics and this is an opportunity for all of us to try and leverage every ounce from that remarkable summer for a variety of things.
"This has to be the most talented generation of competitors that's ever put on a Great Britain vest. The real challenge going forward is to make sure those fantastic herculean efforts translate into more young people taking up those sports."
"We always said this was not simply about staging an extraordinary summer of sport this was always about changing the lives of young people."
The future of the Olympic Stadium remains one of the low points from a legacy standpoint with a tenant still no closer and a possible reopening not coming until 2016, but Coe is keen to make the right choice.
"You've only got to go around the Olympic Park to see the transformation," Coe added. "On the stadium the Mayor of London has rightly decided that it's better to get the right solution and right mix of usage rather than hurry a decision which we maybe have to unpick in a few years' time.
"We have the 2017 World Athletics Championships and that park will also stage some other events, we've got a great decade of sport coming up and the Olympic Park will help stage some of those."
Coe is also bringing out his autobiography 'Running My Life', and he says the main memory from the Olympics for him is the sheer talent that was on display for the host nation.
"This has to be the most talented generation of competitors that's ever put on a Great Britain vest," he added.
"The real challenge going forward is to make sure those fantastic herculean efforts translate into more young people taking up those sports."