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London 2012 marathon chief quits in frustration

London 2012 marathon chief quits in frustration

The organizer of the 2012 Olympic marathon has resigned after falling out with London Games officials.
David Bedford, a former British distance runner who is also race director of the annual London Marathon, left his role assisting the Olympic organizing committee _ or LOCOG _ in January after a series of disagreements.
"He took the decision in light of his frustrations about LOCOG's approach to event management," London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel told The Associated Press on Monday.
"We are very disappointed and very much regret that he doesn't want to work on these events. He's got great knowledge and has great skills at putting on events.
But London Olympic organizers stressed that the 61-year-old Bedford's resignation will not affect the contract with the company that stages the annual marathon. Bedford, who broke Lasse Viren's 10,000 meter world record in 1973, was employed to work around one day each week on Olympic planning.
"London Marathon is continuing to work with LOCOG in a close and harmonious manner," Bitel said. "We wouldn't work with them unless they could deliver superb events."
Bedford announced his resignation in an interview with Monday's editions of the London Evening Standard.
"I quit my role," Bedford said. "(London Marathon) are a professional business run by professionals and it was very difficult to work for another organization who in the main have never organized an event of their own."
London Marathon was appointed by London 2012 to help organize the Olympic and Paralympic marathons and design the courses in August 2009.
Organizers dispute The Evening Standard's claims from Bedford that the dispute centered on the arrangements for the marathon test event on May 30.
"This was Dave Bedford's own decision," London's Olympic body said in a statement. "It hasn't affected the strong working relationship that the London Marathon has with LOCOG. Both organizations are working closely together on the Test Event in May 2011, and on the delivery of first class Olympic and Paralympic marathons in 2012."


Updated : 2021-10-19 19:23 GMT+08:00