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The London Olympics 2012 head, who is chairman of the British Olympic Association, was said to be the government’s preferred candidate. But the former Olympic champion said: “I did allow my name to go forward to give myself time to properly analyse whether I had enough time to do the job to the best of my abilities. On reflection, I haven’t the capacity and I now want to concentrate on my current commitments and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) election. As everyone knows, athletics is in my DNA.”
Other names on the BBC governing body’s list include Dame Marjorie Scardino, the former chief executive of Pearson and Channel 4 chairman Lord Burns.