The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has selected Sonia O’Sullivan as Chef de Mission of the Irish team for the London Olympic Games in 2012.

The former Olympic silver medallist will head up a management team comprised of the OCI’s chief executive Stephen Martin, who won a hockey gold medal for Great Britain in 1988, and Martin Burke, the OCI’s sports director.

O’Sullivan recently served as Chef de Mission of the highly successful European Youth Olympic squad.

Chairman of the Olympic Athletes Commission, Jamie Costin, said: ‘Sonia is a sporting legend and she will ensure that the Irish team’s preparations and participation at the London Olympics will be totally athlete focused.

‘This is a superb move by the OCI and will undoubtedly assist our chances of winning medals.’

Meanwhile, Siobhan Hoey has been appointed Chef de Mission for the Ireland team at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February.