Sports World: Ex-jockey McCoy knighted by Queen

Ex-jockey McCoy knighted by Queen

LONDON • Legendary jump jockey Tony McCoy was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours List out on Wednesday, in which British sports stars including Chris Froome were recognised for their achievements.

Two-time Tour de France winner Froome, 1964 Formula One world champion John Surtees and five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan were among those honoured.

McCoy, 41, rode 4,358 winners in his extraordinary career before retiring last April.


McCaw youngest to get top NZ honour

WELLINGTON • World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw has been given his country's highest honour, being appointed to the Order of New Zealand (ONZ).

McCaw, who turned 35 yesterday, is just one of 19 members of the ONZ. It is restricted to 20 living people.

He is the youngest member of the group, with the majority having been former civic and business leaders, scientists or representatives from the arts.


Rio declares war on dengue prior to Games

RIO DE JANEIRO • Rio de Janeiro launched an operation to wipe out dengue fever-carrying mosquitoes on Wednesday, after an explosion of cases of the potentially deadly tropical disease hit the 2016 Olympic Games host city.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World: Ex-jockey McCoy knighted by Queen'. Print Edition | Subscribe