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11 August 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 11/08/17 8:57am

Wasim Khan represented Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Sussex as a player

Wasim Khan represented Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Sussex as a player

Leicestershire chief executive Wasim Khan says ethnic minorities must not be forgotten in the push for greater diversity in sporting boardrooms.

A new Code for Sports Governance was launched last year, laying out standards of transparency, accountability and financial integrity that governing bodies must adhere to in order to continue receiving central funding.

Much emphasis was placed on gender diversity but Khan – the only South Asian chief executive in English cricket – insists the debate around a shortage of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic community involvement in sport must not focus solely on participation.

He told “I’m quite fortunate in the sense that I have I been at every level having played grassroots, county age groups, professional cricket and now being at the top end of county administration.

“There’s clearly a blockage somewhere. I think there is a lot of focus on ‘let’s get more boys and girls in the BAME community playing sport’ which is fantastic but there is very little spoken about in terms of addressing areas and issues at the upper end in administration.

“There is a real push now through the Sport England Code of Governance to look at gender equality but there is still a huge amount that needs to be done in terms of ethnic diversity at board level.

“Here at Leicestershire we are trying to address that because we have got to be reflective of the communities that we serve

“For a long time sport has been very good at focusing the Asian community on participation but we are not tapping into the business minds and this is something that needs to be addressed.”

Khan was speaking at the event held in conjunction with the Asian Sports Foundation at Grace Road.


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