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30th December 2016, 22:42 #1
Andy Murray and Mo Farah knighted in New Year Honours List
British tennis champion Andy Murray and athlete Mo Farah have been knighted in the Queen's New Year Honours List.
Paralympic dressage rider Lee Pearson also becomes a Sir, while heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and rower Katherine Grainger are made dames.
There are CBEs for cyclists Jason and Laura Kenny, swimmer Sascha Kindred and equestrians Charlotte Dujardin, Nick Skelton and Sophie Christiansen.
Former athlete Sir Roger Bannister is made a Companion of Honour.
Boxer Nicola Adams, Great Britain hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh and Wales football manager Chris Coleman receive OBEs.
Other OBEs include rowers Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge, cyclist Ed Clancy, Paralympians Jody Cundy and Anne Dunham and racehorse trainer John Gosden.
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew is made a MBE, as are a host of gold medal winners from the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio, with more than 100 people in sport included on the list.
Great Britain's women's hockey players - including Richardson-Walsh's wife Helen - are all honoured, together with other champions including gymnast Max Whitlock, swimmer Adam Peaty, golfer Justin Rose, and Paralympic gold medal-winning cyclist and athlete Kadeena Cox.
30th December 2016, 22:47 #2
Murray has had his best year professionally, in terms of win %, titles won and also becoming the first British player IIRC to reach the no 1 Mens singles ranking which is the pinnacle of his sport and is a testament to the outstanding year he has had - the highlights being the twin victories in London to win Wimbledon and the World Tour Finals, both in convincing fashion.
Politics trumps intelligence (pun intended).
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Congrats to both but I feel that both are perhaps too young to be called 'Sir.'
31st December 2016, 12:32 #4
Khan transcended boxing in the UK when he won the Olympic medal at the age of 17. Between 1984 and 2000 GB boxing won 19 medals at the Olympics, after Khan won in 2004 he bought the sport immense attention which allowed GB Boxing to receive a lot more investment after 2004. Between 2008-2016 GB Boxing would win 8 Olympic medals. Besides his influence at the grass root level which has inspired many to take up the sport and get it investment he's had a successful career as a fighter being a unified 2x World Champion who has never been in a fight that wasn't entertaining and has fought 12 world champions, the UK has around 12 world champions in different divisions of their own and they've fought around a combined 18 world champions.
The good charity work he does is well documented as well, maybe he'll get it when he retires but I think it's long overdue.