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Paralympian honours backlash

Leading Paralympian athletes have criticised what they believe to be inconsistencies in the sports-dominating New Years Honours list, where successful Paralympians missed out on top honours, with only cyclist Sarah Storey made a dame.

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'Mistake' not to award Mo Farah a knighthood

A former sports minister has said that the decision to award Mo Farah a CBE is wrong, arguing that he deserves a higher accolade.

Former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe told the Sun newspaper:

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.

Given what a knighthood for Mo would have done to inspire athletes all over the UK, you have to ask what’s going on.

– Gerry Sutcliffe

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