Jimmy Anderson denied knighthood because of upcoming Australia vs England Ashes series


The quivering Poms have told Jimmy Anderson to wait 12 months for a knighthood so he’s not unnecessarily targeted during next summer’s Ashes.

The laughable decision was made because English cricket chiefs thought “it would be unwise for the 38-year-old to be honoured while still an active Test cricketer in a year that culminates in an Ashes tour where the Australians might have made capital out of the situation”, The Times reported.

Anderson’s incredible feat of becoming the first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets saw him picked to lead the attack in the ICC’s Test Team of the Decade and made him an obvious inclusion on the New Year’s Honours list, but he’ll be made to wait until he retires to become Sir Jimmy.

“I don’t think we’d send out Jimmy Anderson to face the Australians with a knighthood,” a source told The Times.

The Times noted how members of England’s 2005 Ashes winning team who were all awarded MBEs and OBEs were sledged when they next toured Australia.

Paul Collingwood, who only played one Test in the 2005 series, was welcomed to the crease by a ground announcer with mock deference as “Paul Collingwood MBE” and also taunted by Shane Warne for accepting the honour.



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Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton receives a knighthood in the United Kingdom New Year’s Honours List


Motor racing great Lewis Hamilton has won just about every title and record there is in Formula One.

Now he has another, royal-appointed title to go along with his sporting achievements after the seven-times F1 world champion was awarded a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honours List published on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old this year became the most successful F1 driver of all time after equalling Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s record seven titles and breaking the German’s record of 91 grand prix race wins.

The sport’s only black driver, who grew up in social housing as the grandson of immigrants from the Caribbean, Sir Lewis has also used his profile to campaign for diversity and speak out against racial injustice.

The Monaco resident’s presence on the overseas and international list, rather than a main one with many rewarded for service to public health in a pandemic, was seen as a reflection of his tax status.

The Daily Mail newspaper said Prime Minister Boris Johnson had “bent the rules” to get around the tax requirements for domestic awards.

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The citation referred to Sir Lewis’s sporting record and his “charitable and philanthropic contributions in the UK and overseas”.

Cinematographer Roger Deakins, famed for his work on movies such as “1917”, “Shawshank Redemption” and “Skyfall”, was also knighted on the same overseas list.

Hamilton’s supporters have long felt his achievements have not been sufficiently recognised at home and they expressed delight at the Mercedes driver joining a select group of sporting sirs.

“Lewis is a true giant of our sport and his influence is huge both in and out of a car,” said newly-appointed Formula One chief executive Stefano Domenicali, a former Ferrari team principal.

“What he has achieved is phenomenal, with still more to come.”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff hailed Hamilton, who won his first title with McLaren in 2008, as the most successful British sportsperson of his era.

The knighthood, he added, showed that Hamilton — often seen as a polarising figure — was “now receiving the recognition he has earned during a career of unparalleled success in motorsport”.

“The UK can be very proud to have a champion and ambassador of the calibre of Sir Lewis Hamilton,” added Wolff.

One of the records that Lewis Hamilton has broken this year is the mark for career Formula One pole positions with 98.(AFP/DPPI: Florent Gooden)

Sir Lewis is the fourth F1 driver to be knighted after the late Australian Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss and triple champion Jackie Stewart and the only one to have received the award while still racing.

Cycling’s Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold medallist Mo Farah, England cricketer Alastair Cook and twice Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray have also been knighted as active sportsmen.

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F1 champion Hamilton receives knighthood


Lewis Hamilton’s incredible year has been capped by a knighthood for services to motorsport.

The 35-year-old equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula One world titles this year as he continues to dominate the sport, and his achievements have been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Hamilton has not resided permanently in the UK since 2007, and his knighthood was included on the Diplomatic and Overseas List.

He initially moved to Switzerland and then on to Monaco, both considered tax havens, though he has defended the amount of tax he pays in the UK.

In an interview with the Sunday Times in 2017, he said: “What people don’t realise is that I pay tax here, but I don’t earn all my money here.

“I race in 19 different countries, so I earn my money in 20 different places and I pay tax in several different places, and I pay a lot here as well.

“I am contributing to the country and, not only that, I help keep a team of more than 1,000 people employed. I am part of a much bigger picture.”

Hamilton built his reputation as a prodigious junior karter, and made his F1 debut in 2007 with McLaren.

His maiden title was won with that team too in 2008 but Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull then took centre stage, before a move to Mercedes for the 2013 season changed everything.

He won the world championship in 2014 and 2015, lost out to Nico Rosberg in 2016 but has dominated since, with 2020 his fourth title in a row.

The magnificent seven was completed in Turkey in November, and he won 11 races in the 2020 season in all.

He surpassed Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins with his triumph in Portugal in October.

Hamilton has used his winning platform to show his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, with protests spreading around the world following the death of black man George Floyd in police custody in the United States in May.

A contract for next year is still to be signed, but 2021 could be the year Hamilton overtakes Schumacher to be the most decorated driver in the history of the sport.





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Sir Andy Murray says Lewis Hamilton ‘deserves’ knighthood but isn’t a fan of sportspeople receving honour


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ir Andy Murray believes Lewis Hamilton definitely deserves to be knighted for his achievements both on and off the Formula One track, though says he isn’t in favour of sportspeople receiving the honour generally.

The 35-year-old has also campaigned tirelessly for racial equality and publicly pushed for greater diversity in motorsport.

The likes of former F1 world champion Damon Hill and Motorsport UK chairman David Richards are among the racing figures to have pushed for Hamilton to receive the honour after supposed concerns over his tax status.

Hamilton is among the top 5,000 taxpayers in the UK.

Murray – knighted himself by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in May 2019 in recognition of his services to tennis and charity, more than two years after it was initially announced – believes Hamilton merits a knighthood, though is not a fan of sportspeople being recognised in such a way.

“I’m not necessarily all for sportspeople being given knighthoods for what we do,” the three-time Grand Slam champion told Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme.

“In terms of what he’s achieved as an athlete, of course he deserves it. As a sportsperson, he’s one of the most successful sportspeople in the history of the country.

“He’s an amazing driver, he supports some great causes as well away from the racing track.

“So yeah, I would say he definitely deserves it in terms of his achievements.”



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Hamilton a fantastic ambassador, deserves a knighthood: Hill


November 23, 2020

(Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton has been breaking down barriers since he arrived in Formula One and deserves a knighthood for his achievements on and off the track, former world champion Damon Hill has said.

Hamilton, the most successful grand prix racer of all time and the only Black driver in F1, sealed a record-equalling seventh world title with his victory in Turkey this month, fuelling expectations of a knighthood.

The 35-year-old Briton, who comes from an under-privileged, multi-racial background, has used his platform to campaign for racial equality, diversity and sustainability.

“Lewis has always been breaking down barriers, the moment he arrived in F1 or even in karting he was breaking barriers and challenging the status quo,” the Guardian quoted Hill as saying.

“The knighthood will be seen as recognition of not just his driving but also as a Black driver that has bust another door open for anyone who is not white.

“He has destroyed the preconception that it can’t be done, that there is an area where you cannot achieve something because of the colour of your skin. He has totally destroyed that notion.”

Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Jackie Stewart are the other Formula One racers to have been knighted. Hamilton was awarded an MBE in 2008.

“It is a very rare thing in our sport to get a knighthood,” said Hill, who won the world championship in 1996. “It is then also a recognition of his stance on equality, anti-racism and environmental issues.

“He is outspoken, he is playing his part and using his fame for positive purposes. He is a fantastic ambassador and having a knighthood will only increase his opportunities to do that work.”

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)



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‘I don’t deserve knighthood’: F1 champ


Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, who has equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles, says he’s not worthy of a British knighthood.

The British press have been calling for the 35-year-old to receive one of the country’s highest honours, just like tennis star Andy Murray and athlete Mo Farah.

“When I think about that honour, I think about people like my granddad who served in the war,” Hamilton was quoted as saying by Autosport on Wednesday, before reflecting on the coronavirus crisis.

“The people that are running hospitals. The nurses and doctors who are saving lives during the hardest time ever, I think about those unsung heroes and I don’t look at myself as an unsung hero.

“I’ve not saved anybody. It is an incredible honour that a small group of people have had bestowed upon them.”

Hamilton is yet to sign a new contract at Mercedes, but is expected to do so in the coming weeks as he targets the outright record next season.





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