UK Athletics wants the British Olympic and former Wales rugby international Nigel Walker as the new chief executive
- Nigel Walker has emerged as a favorite for the CEO's job at UK Athletics
- UKA has not had a leader since Niels de Vos resigned in September
- The search for his replacement was delayed by the need to find a chairman
- Previous chairman Richard Bowker left hesitantly in January
- If Walker is recruited, he would be the only BAME CEO of the British Olympic sports
The British Olympian and former rugby international Nigel Walker from Wales has become a favorite for the vacancy of the chief executive of UK Athletics.
UKA has not had a leader since Niels de Vos moved from his position of £ 300,000 to a year in September. Their search for his replacement was delayed by the need to recruit a president after the horrifying departure of Richard Bowker in January.
There must be a new chairman before a new CEO can be appointed, but Sportsmail understands influential figures back and Walker for the best job. The 61-year-old, who reached the 110m hurdleshal semifinal at the 1984 Olympic Games and won 17 caps for Wales, is currently the national director of the English Institute of Sport.
Nigel Walker has emerged as a favorite for the CEO's job at UK Athletics
He has admirers at UK Sport, the funding body for the British Olympic teams, as well as Jack Buckner, the British Swimming CEO, who won European gold in 5000m in 1986.
If Walker receives the post, held by interim boss Nigel Holl, he would be the only BAME director of the Olympic sports in Great Britain.
Steve Cram, who worked together with Walker at the EIS, is one of the leading contenders for the president, but has questions about whether he could play the role of £ 40,000 a year, while remaining a leading expert for the BBC , as revealed by Sportsmail.
If Walker is recruited, he would be the only BAME CEO of the British Olympic sports