Sir Craig Reedie awarded Knight Grand Cross award in Queen's birthday honours

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Sir Craig Reedie has been awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the Queen's birthday honours list for services for sport.

The award is the highest of its kind and is only awarded on a few occasions each year.

Sir Craig was described as “one of the leading global figures in the world of sport” in his official citation, which added that he has "led the fight against doping, tackling high-profile and highly controversial issues across sport”.

He has had a career in sports administration spanning five decades, beginning with a stint as secretary, then president of the Scottish Badminton Union from 1964-79.

He is also a former President of the International Badminton Federation and was the driving force behind the sport being elected onto the Olympic programme, making its debut at Barcelona in 1992.

In 1994 he became a member of the IOC and since that time has served on several IOC Commissions including the Evaluation Commissions of 2001 and 2009, the Coordination Commissions for the Games in Athens and Beijing, the Marketing Commission, the Program Commission and the Ethics Commission. He was elected as a member of the IOC Executive Board in 2009 and became a vice president in 2012.

Sir Craig was also chairman of the British Olympic Association from 1992 to 2005, stepping down after playing a key role in London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"This is truly a great honour for me and for WADA," Sir Craig said.

"It recognises the important work that we are doing in leading the fight against doping in sport and in protecting clean athletes against cheats.

"This award is a vote of confidence for everyone within the anti-doping movement, a reminder that our efforts are appreciated and valued by the wider world and that our mission is an important one for society as a whole.”

Badminton Scotland’s President Ian Campbell said: “We at Badminton Scotland are delighted to see that Sir Craig Reedie been given this recent award.

“It recognises the hard work he has put in in an extremely difficult area and is fully deserved.”

Honours are granted by the British Government twice every year on New Year's Day and June 9 - the Queen's official birthday.

The GBE is the highest of the six ranks in the order and is presented for exceptional service.