Manchester United Director Maurice Watkins Now Chairman of British Swimming

PHOENIX, Arizona, December 12. MAURICE Watkins, the former director of Professional English football (soccer, for Americans) club Manchester United, accepted the position of chairman of British Swimming, as reported by Yahoo Eurosport. This hire follows a disappointing medals showing for Great Britain, despite playing host of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Watkins will head the organization leading into the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

“We face some challenges and I am sure Maurice will drive forward our plans and I look forward to working with him over the next four years,” chief executive of British Swimming David Sparkes told Eurosport.

Watkins has spent 28 years on Manchester United's board, and has previously acted as a lawyer for the club. Other accolades include carrying out a Governance Review of the Rugby Football League as interim chairman.

“He brings a wealth of experience in sport to the board and his leadership will, I am sure, enable the board to be more focused as we take on the lessons from London and prepare for Rio to achieve medal success across the sport,” said Sparkes.

“I am delighted to have been asked to become chairman of British Swimming,” said Watkins. “It is an honor and a privilege. I look forward to working alongside people who are an inspiration in such an outstanding sport.”

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