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16 Jun, 2018
prestigious award, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, has
been conferred upon Sir Craig Collins Reddie, who is a Scottish sports
administrator, former chairman of British Olympic Association, and a former BWF
President, for his valuable services to sport.
has been honored with this highest of the six ranks award for his exceptional
and distinguished services in sports. Earlier, he was officially recognized as one
of the leading global figures in the world of sport. And now, he has been
appointed as the Knight Grand Cross on 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honors. In spite
of receiving fierce criticism, Craig religiously fought against drugs and dealt
with controversial issues in sports.
1981, Sir Reedie was appointed as the 12th President of the International
Badminton Federation, now known as Badminton World Federation, for a three-year
played a crucial role for China’s entry into the International Badminton Federation
and also, managed to bring the then-IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch to
visit the 1983 World Championships in Copenhagen.
the classification and the caliber of badminton matches in Copenhagen greatly convinced
Antonio Samaranch that the sport was impeccable to be accessorized at the
assisted in building up the era of the professional player in badminton, and
established the Grand Prix circuit in 1983.
Scottish Sports Administrator, the president of World Anti-Doping agency, and a
representative of International Olympic Committee are some of his unparalleled
achievements. He was also appointed CBE in 1999 and knighted by the Queen in
award conferred today made Reedie extremely grateful and he said it is not only
a great honor for me but also for WADA. He felt ecstatic for recognizing his
hard work in fighting against doping in sport.
made some sedulous efforts by keeping highest level of vigilance and urging
government to ban athletes who are involved in doping from two to four years.