By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

Mark_DolleyFebruary 25 - Mark Dolley, the former head of communications at the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has been appointed as the new chief executive of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD), it has been announced.

Dolley, who worked for the IOC between 2003 and 2006, will start his new role with the Maryland-based organisation on March 1. 

"ICSD is faced with immense challenges and I'm grateful that Mark Dolley will now be bringing his high-level experience of sport, sports policy and his vital Olympic Movement professionalism and 'ethos' to the ICSD," said ICSD President Craig Crowley.

"A stronger organisation and a more robust calendar of competitions must be put in place.

"ICSD must deliver on its core objective of serving deaf athletes, via successful Deaflympics, if we are to ensure greater recognition by sports organisations, business, the media and Government.

"These are the things ICSD is working toward.

"And we are very confident that Mark Dolley is the best person to lead the delivery of ICSD's work, for the benefit of Deaf athletes everywhere."

Dolley, who started his career as a researcher for MP Tom Pendrey, also worked as a consultant on London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics and has contributed to insidethegames.

"I'm profoundly honoured to be joining the ICSD at an absolutely critical time in the organisation's development," he said.

"The ICSD has had a long and proud history of serving the needs of deaf sport.

"I have no illusions about the scope of the task ahead.

"But a sound strategic plan has been established by the ICSD's Executive Board. I am convinced there are still opportunities ahead.

"I look forward to working with all of deaf sport, to ensure a rich future is added to ICSD's rich history, despite the current challenges."

Dolley will replace Tiffany Granfors, who will be leaving the ICSD after 10 years in the role of chief executive.

"On behalf of the Executive Board, staff, delegates and athletes everywhere, I would like to thank Tiffany for her sterling contribution," said Crowley.

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