The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), Mike Hooper, has announced that he intends to leave the organisation after the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. A statement from the CGF released in London on Thursday said Hooper was credited with the establishment of the modern Commonwealth Games administration, moving it from a small volunteer-based administration to full professional sports organisation.
It said that under him from 2000, the CGF successfully celebrated the 2002 Manchester Games in U.K., the Melbourne 2006 in Australia and the 2010 Games in Delhi, India.
The statement added that Hooper also led the ongoing development of candidature and contractual processes associated with the award of the Games including the forthcoming Games in Glasgow this July and Gold Coast, Australia, in 2018.
'He played a leading role on the CGF's Coordination Commissions at each host city during his tenure at the top of the organisation,' it said, adding Mr Hooper had a major hand in building the Federation's much improved financial base and he would be leaving the Federation in a strong financial position.
CGF President, HRH Tunku Imran, in acknowledging the significant contribution made by Mr Hooper, says:
'After so many years as the driving force behind the CGF, Mike has recognised that the time is right to pass the baton to a new leader for the next phase of the CGF's development.
'We are fortunate to have had Mike serving us tirelessly for the past 13 years, and we are appreciative that he has agreed to stay on until the successful delivery of the Games in Glasgow.'
Imran said a world-wide search for a new CEO would begin.
Hooper was until his appointment, former Secretary-General of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. He moved to London in 2000 to become the CGF's inaugural CEO, establishing the CGF's first professional headquarters.
Mr Hooper said: 'I've enjoyed the job enormously. It has been hugely challenging at times, particularly in the lead-up to Delhi, but we persevered and, in the end, those Games were a success for the athletes.'
'Manchester, Melbourne and Delhi have all added to the rich heritage of the Commonwealth Games and I'm sure Glasgow and the Gold Coast will do the same,' he added.