24 Apr 2010

NZIOC head stepping down at end of year

7:23 am on 24 April 2010

The outgoing head of the New Zealand Olympic Committee says he has no aspirations of becoming head of the International Olympic Committee.

Secretary-General Barry Maister announced on Friday that he will leave at the end of the year, after 10 years in the post.

Mr Maister was elected a full IOC member in February and says his decision to retire from the position will allow him to move into a more international role with the Olympic Movement.

However, the hockey gold medallist says he has no desire for the IOC's top job.

Mr Maister says he will not be leaving the New Zealand committee entirely, as it is an IOC requirement that he is a member of the NZOC board.

A new Secretary-General is yet to be announced.