For Lewis Hamilton on and off the track, it was a breathtaking 12 months in which Michael Schumacher achieved a record of seven Formula 1 titles and an increasingly powerful voice for diversity in his sport, ended with a knighthood in The 35-year-old is the fourth F1 driver to be knighted after two Britons, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart, and the Australian Sir Jack Brabham

There was a question mark over whether Hamilton, who had also surpassed Schumacher’s record of 2020 Grand Prix wins, would be knighted for living in the Monaco tax haven, however, it was reported that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson had personally intervened to ensure that Hamilton was rewarded for his athletic achievements

On Wednesday it was confirmed that Hamilton, who also set up a commission to analyze the lack of diversity in motorsport in September, was recognized through the “diplomatic and overseas” list rather than the domestic list for controversies over his List to avoid tax refunds

Hamilton has been congratulated by Stefano Domenicali, the new CEO of F1, who has hailed him as “the true giant of our sport”

“His influence is enormous both inside and outside a car,” he added. “What he has achieved is phenomenal and more is to come. We all in Formula 1 congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition of his achievements and are delighted looking forward to seeing more of its brilliance in 2021 ”

Exeter rugby director Rob Baxter, meanwhile, received an OBE, and the team’s captain, Joe Simmonds, received an MBE after the Chiefs won the Premiership title and European Champions Cup, and there were also MBEs for Jimmy Greaves, former Tottenham and England forward, and former Wolves midfielder Ron Flowers, honored as the last surviving members of the England squad that won the 1966 World Cup

In women’s football, Gill Coultard, who was the first to win 100 senior caps in England, received an MBE – a gong that British tennis captain of the Billie Jean King Cup, Anne Keothavong, received

Former Leeds Rhino Scrum-Half Rob Burrow, who suffers from motor neuron disease, also received MBE in recognition of service to his sport and raising awareness of MND during the coronavirus pandemic. His former teammate, the Leeds director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield, ran seven marathons in seven days to raise funds for the MND Association on behalf of Burrow The grand total is now more than 2 GBP5m

Burrow said, “2020 has taught us all to appreciate the gifts we have and it is an honor and a privilege to accept this award on behalf of the entire MND community”And added,” I hope it gives people hope that we are not being ignored and the pursuit of more research and support to end MND will not stop “

Bob Champion, who won the Grand National at Aldaniti in 1981 after recovering from cancer, was awarded a CBE for his charitable work with the Bob Champion Cancer Trust

Matt Hampson, who was paralyzed from the neck down during a training session with England’s Under-21 rugby union team in 2005, has received an OBE for charity.The matchroom chairman, Barry Hearn, received the after a 40-year career same award for services to sport

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/30/arise-sir-lewis-hamilton-given-knighthood-in-new-year-honours-list