Chef de Mission Sought for Tokyo 2020

Fancy a trip to Tokyo to watch the Olympic Games at the closest possible quarter?  That’s what is on offer, in a paid capacity for the first time, after the Olympic Federation of Ireland announced yesterday it was recruiting a professional Chef de Mission.

The person will act as an effective team manager for Team Ireland at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the European Games in Minsk 2019.

They wil report direct to CEO Peter Sherrard who is effective in this area himself having fulfilled a similar role with the FAI in his previous job.  Having that level of understanding at the top will benefit the Federation as it runs through the recruitment process which ops today and will be open for application until Friday 19th October.

The project will run from January 2019 to August 2020, with the workload and commitments intensifying in the immediate lead up to, and duration of the Games.

Previously the role of Chef de Mission was recruited internally or on a voluntary basis, and this is the first time that it is being advertised as a professional stand-alone role, considering the significant workload and meticulous project management skills required.

The role involves the co-ordination of Team Ireland’s preparations and participation at the Games.

Sonia O’Sullivan undertook the role at London 2012 before Kevin Kilty was appointed from within the OCI executive committee for the ill fated Rio Games.

Former CEO Stephen Martin completed his tenure at the OCI as Chef de Mission for the Winter Games in Pyeongchange earlier this year.

“The decision of the Executive Committee to appoint our Chef de Mission for Team Ireland as a professional stand-alone role is a significant milestone,” said President of the Olympic Federation of Ireland Sarah Keane.

“Coming at a time of ever closer cooperation with Sport Ireland and the Sport Ireland Institute it represents another important building block in Team Ireland’s games preparations.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for a suitable person to drive and shape Team Ireland’s participation at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and at the European Games in Minsk 2019.” added Peter Sherrard.

“For the first time we are creating a professional stand-alone role, to reflect the significant time, travel and attention to detail that is required.”

Details of the role and the application process can be viewed here.



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