London 2012 athletes celebrate honours

Mo Farah celebrates after winning the men's 5000m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. August 11, 2012. Credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Double Olympic champ Mo Farah has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's New Year Honours.

Mo Farah trained in London for 10 years between 2001 - 2011 before moving to the United states to further his training.

But Former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe told the Sun newspaper he deserves a higher accolade.

"Mo’s a national hero. I think it’s a mistake if Wiggins and Ainslie are honoured like this and Mo isn’t.

Mo’s a double gold-medal winner and you look at his performances over a period of time and he’s equal with those two in terms of performance and dedication."


Honours criticised

Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott, Mo Farah and David Weir are among the Olympians recognised in the 2013 New Year Honours. But Weir has told a newspaper that he feels Paralympians are sometimes left out, because they are not in the public eye.