British Olympian Mo Farah to be Knighted
British Olympic gold medal winner Mo Farah has been given a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list Mr Farah, 33, described it as a dream come true.
Mr Farah is joined by other Team GB Olympians including world number one Tennis star Andy Murray who won Olympic gold in Brazil, and Jessica Ennis-Hill heptathlete becomes a dame.
Mr Farah said, “I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight.
“Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today – it’s a dream come true.
“I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to race for my country and win gold medals for the British people, who have been my biggest supporters throughout my career.”
Other knighthoods have been award to Kinks frontman, Ray Davis, 72, and Ken Dodd, 89, both recognised for their services to the arts. Ray Davis said, “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”
Opera singer, Bryn Terfel, 51, will also receive a knighthood for services to music. He said, “What an immense honour to receive such an accolade. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for all the support and encouragement I have received from the great British public and further afield.
“I am truly humbled.”
Other stars to be honoured include Victoria Beckham, 42, who is awarded an OBE.
American vogue editor, Anna Wintour, 67 is also honoured and becomes a dame in the diplomatic and overseas list for services to journalism and fashion.