British Olympic Association

The British Olympic Association (BOA) is responsible for the United Kingdom's participation in the Olympic Games. It was formed on 24 May 1905 at the House of Commons. The first chairman of the BOA was Lord Desborough. It originally had representatives of 7 sports but now all 35 Olympic sports have a member.

The BOA has been responsible for the United Kingdom being one of only three countries (with France and Switzerland) that have competed at all summer and winter Olympic Games since 1896. It also helped in hosting the 1908 and 1948 games, as well as the upcoming 2012.


  • Vice Chairmen: Albert Woods, John James

1908 Olympic rugby union centenary celebration match

Australia have also been approached by the British Olympic Association to play Barbarian F.C. (The Barbarians) at Wembley Stadium on 6 December 2008. The proposed match would form part of the BOA's programme of events to celebrate the centenary of the first London Olympic Games where Australia defeated a Great Britain (Cornwall) side in the final 32-3.


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