23 Apr 2010

Maister to step down from NZOC role

6:14 pm on 23 April 2010

Barry Maister is to step down as head of the Olympic movement in New Zealand.

The hockey gold medalist will resign on 31 December after serving 10 years as New Zealand Olympic secretary-general.

NZOC president Mike Stanley says Maister is widely respected nationally and internationally as an outstanding athlete and administrator and believes in the positive role sport plays in society.

Maister was elected a full member of the International Olympic Committee in February this year.

He says stepping down will from the NZOC allow him to move into a more international role with the Olympic movement, however he will stay as a member of the NZOC board.