Martin quits over Birm­ing­ham 2022 di­ver­sity

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Jeremy Wilson

Dame Louise Martin, pres­i­dent of the Com­mon­wealth Games Fed­er­a­tion, has vol­un­tar­ily re­signed from the Birm­ing­ham 2022 board af­ter con­cerns were raised over a lack of di­ver­sity.

There was just one black per­son on the 20-per­son board and ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment team, prompt­ing de­mands that the de­ci­sion­mak­ing team be made more re­flec­tive of the eth­nic di­ver­that sity both in Birm­ing­ham and across the Com­mon­wealth.

Martin’s move will place added scru­tiny on other board mem­bers. Ian Reid, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Birm­ing­ham 2022, has promised to make changes. “I ac­cept the lead­er­ship is not cur­rently re­flec­tive of the host city and it should be,” he said.

San­dra Os­borne, a sports lawyer who is pres­i­dent of the Bar­ba­dos Olympic and Com­mon­wealth Games as­so­ci­a­tions, and sits with Martin on the CGF, will now join the Birm­ing­ham 2022 board.

Martin will re­main CGF pres­i­dent and, although she had not been asked to stand down, it was a move that she had been con­sid­er­ing for sev­eral months. “The CGF is proud that our or­gan­i­sa­tion re­flects the di­ver­sity of the Com­mon­wealth Sport Move­ment and that we have a per­son of San­dra’s cal­i­bre to ac­tively con­trib­ute on the Birm­ing­ham 2022 Board,” a CGF state­ment said.

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