IOC appoints new Sports Director
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today appointed Kit McConnell as its new Sports Director. McConnell currently holds the position of Head of the Rugby World Cup and RWC Tournament Director at the International Rugby Board (IRB). In his 10 years with the IRB, he has assisted with the delivery of three very successful Rugby World Cups on and off the field.
McConnell is no stranger to the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement. From 2000 to 2002, he was the IOC’s Manager of Sport Operations, where he was responsible for the coordination of sport planning with Organising Committees and relations with International Federations. Before that, he coordinated the planning of all sports, including relations with each respective International Federation for the Sydney 2000 Organising Committee.
McConnell brings great expertise to the IOC in the area of planning, managing and delivering major sporting events and has strong ties to the International Federations.
In other news, the International Triathlon Union today announced the appointment of Antonio Fernandez Arimany as its new Director General. Arimany has served as the ITU Legal, Finance and Administrative Director since 2010 and he is also a FIS Alpine Skiing Technical Delegate.
Arimany has more than 10 years’ experience in both the athletic and finance industries, which includes a PhD in environmental taxation, as well as Business and Law degrees. Prior to joining ITU, he worked for the Athens Olympics Organising Committee and later served as the Managing Director of Madrid’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.