Woodward to stand down after six years as British Olympic Association director of sport
16:32 GMT, 4 October 2012
Sir Clive Woodward will leave the British Olympic Association after six years.
The former England rugby World Cup winning manager is to stand down as the BOA's director of sport – though he could still play a part in future Olympic Games.
He will retain an ambassadorial role and his seat on the International Olympic Committee's entourage commission.
Stepping down: Sir Clive Woodward is to leave his director of sport post at the British Olympic Association after six years
And with Sebastian Coe favourite to succeed Colin Moynihan as BOA chairman next month, Woodward could return in a part-time capacity as chef de mission for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
In the meantime, Woodward will concentrate on his media and speaking commitments.
Woodward said in a statement: 'I have enjoyed being a part of Team GB enormously. To have been involved in three Olympic Games, Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and especially London 2012, and chef de mission for the 1st Youth Winter Games in Innsbruck this year, has been an amazing experience.
'The challenge of delivering a home Olympic Games to our largest ever Olympic Team has been exhilarating and I would like to congratulate everyone concerned on the best Olympic performance of a host nation in the modern Games era.
'Post London 2012 is the right time for me to leave the BOA, which is now taking a new direction following a home Games and I wish them all well in the future.'
Tension: Woodward (left) and London 2012 chef de mission Andy Hunt had not always seen eye-to-eye
He added: 'I am also delighted to accept a role as a Team GB Ambassador, this along with my position on the IOC entourage commission means that I will be staying in close contact with the Olympic world.
'I will now be concentrating on my coaching, corporate speaking, media and other business interests.'
He knew that his position was under
threat after a restructuring programme was agreed last month by the
board of the cash-strapped organisation, leading to the removal of three
senior management posts.
was tension between Woodward and BOA chief executive Andy Hunt after
the latter was chosen as chef de mission for London 2012.