By Tom Degun

Rod CarrApril 17 - Rod Carr looks set to be unveiled as the new chairman of UK Sport with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to make the official announcement later this week.

The DCMS announced in January this year that it was looking to recruit two individuals to replace outgoing UK Sport chair Baroness Sue Campbell and Sport England chair Richard Lewis.

Following a vigorous interview process, Britain's 11-time Paralympic wheelchair racing champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is set to be rubber-stamped as Sport England chair with Carr poised to succeed Campbell at UK Sport.

Carr, currently an UK Sport Board member, is the former chief executive of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and has occupied senior positions with the Team GB sailing team at the Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.

He then served as the Deputy Chef de Mission for the entire Team GB at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2005.

Rod Carr in front of RYA logoRod Carr will join UK Sport having overseen the success of the British sailing team at the Olympics in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008

Under Carr, sailing has been one of Britain's most successful sports at the Olympics, topping the medals table at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. 

Carr stood down as chief executive of the RYA in 2010.

The official announcement of the new UK Sport and Sport England chairs has been delayed as the appointments must be signed off by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Cameron was set to sign off the appointments last week but delays have been caused by the situation in North Korea and the death of former Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher.

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