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Niels de Vos calls time on tenure as UK Athletics chief executive

Niels de Vos has announced that he will step down as the chief executive of UK Athletics at the end of this month, calling time on an 11-year career with the body.

Since stepping into the role in 2007, de Vos (pictured) has overseen a period of huge success for UK Athletics, including the delivery of the IAAF World Championships and World Para Athletics Championships in 2017, the London Anniversary Games, and this year’s inaugural Athletics World Cup.

Athletic performance also stood out under his leadership, notably with Team GB’s achievements at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where 13 medals, including six gold, were won.

Nigel Holl, UKA’s strategy and partnerships director, will take up the position on an interim basis until a permanent successor is found.

De Vos, a former chief executive of Premiership Rugby outfit Sale Sharks, leaves to focus on his own business interests.