The captain of Terrific Britain\’s 1988 Olympic guys hockey champions has got called for his team-mates receive the same honours as every other gold medallist because Seoul Games.
Britain\’s women\’s Olympic dance shoes heroes from Rio 2017 gained awards in the new year honours and Richard Dodds, who the brought the team to splendor over West Malaysia almost 29 in the past, says it is an disfavor that the men stay ignored.
Dodds was selected OBE after the Games to learn his captaincy and has fought a private campaign for upwards of 15 years for their team-mates to be honoured. Sean Kerly in addition to Stephen \”Sam\” Martin have received MBEs but none of the remaining 13 associates has been given any such award.
\”I take my very own hat off to the particular women\’s team – they have been fantastic and they\’ve got all now recently been honoured which was elegantly deserved,\” Dodds shared with The Times. \”But that highlights the best way my team are simply as worthy of obtaining similar honours. There have been plenty of other retrospective ribbons for Olympic champions but it seems an injustice that the 1988 staff continue to be ignored.\”
Britain won five golds in Seoul as well as hockey final made some of the players into household names. The final, which will Britain won 3-1, was made memorable by simply Barry Davies\’s commentary for any BBC, in which he said after Imran Sherwani had scored your third goal: \”Where were your Germans . . . Frankly, so what?\”
Dodds began his marketing campaign in 2001 in fact Britain\’s gold medallists inside Sydney had received honours and experimented with persuade Tony Blair to step in, nonetheless received a reply in the prime minister that the govt was not responsible for a decision taken under Margaret Thatcher\’s administration. He tried using again before the Manchester 2017 Games, approaching the cupboard secretary in charge of prizes without success.
Dodds, an orthopaedic specialist, said that he would right now write to Theresa May, with whom he knows personally.
Many of the \’88 squad had previously won a brown medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics in addition to Dodds added that Roger Self, the director of the hockey crew at both Matches who was appointed OBE, is desperate for the whole of the group to be recognised. \”Roger has been struggling with ill health anf the husband would absolutely love this if it happened ( blank ) he has also worked for this with me for several years,\” he said.
He noticed that all of the England cricket group who won the actual 2005 Ashes were respected, including Paul Collingwood, who actually played only the remaining Test. \”That was for only beating a single land, not even winning some sort of championship,\” Dodds claimed.
Apart from the hockey squad, only a handful of remaining Olympic champions are still with no honours.
The oldest is usually Gillian Sheen, 88, whom won Britain\’s only fencing gold with 1956, and who will be believed to be living in the country.
The others still certainly not honoured include Level Phillips and Bridget Parker, who were component of Britain\’s successful eventing workforce in 1972. Phillips is definitely the former husband of Princess Anne, the president of the British Olympic Organization. Neither Adrian Parker nor Danny Nightingale, who seem to won the modern pentathlon crew gold in 1976 has long been honoured, and nor has Adrian Ellison, who was cox as soon as Sir Steve Redgrave triumphed in the first of five gold medals in 1984.
In Year 2000, 34 years after England\’s football World Cup success, the 5 remaining members of the group who had not been respected received MBEs.
1988, men\’s basketball team
- 1 Ian Taylor
- 2 Russell Garcia
- 3 Jon Potter
- 4 Imran Sherwani
- 5 Martyn Grimley
- 6 Jimmy Kirkwood
- 7 Kulbir Bhaura
- 8 David Faulkner
- 9 Paul Barber
- 10 Richard Leman
- 11 Steve Batchelor
- 12 Robert Clift
- 13 Veryann Pappin
(Richard Dodds, Sean Kerly, Stephen \”Sam\” Martin have been honoured given that)
- 1984 Cox of men\’s coxed some, Adrian Ellison
- 1976 Modern pentathletes Danny Nightingale and Adrian Parker
- 1972 Equestrian eventing team, Indicate Phillips, Bridget Parker
- 1956 Fencing: Gillian Sheen (Britain\’s only fencing gold)