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Watkins given British Swimming role

A former Manchester United director has been appointed as the new chairman of British Swimming through to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Maurice Watkins takes over the role at a time when the governing body is in crisis after Britain's poor performances in the pool at this year's London Games, where the host team won just three medals.

British Swimming is without a national performance director or a head coach, and will discover next week if its funding will be slashed for the 2016 Olympics.

Watkins, who was on the United board for 28 years before stepping aside in June, replaces Alistair Gray as chairman.

British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes says "we face some challenges and I am sure Maurice will drive forward our plans."


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