Craig Reedie

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Sir Craig Reedie, CBE (born 6 May 1941) is a British sports administrator, noteworthy as the current president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, a former Chairman of the British Olympic Association (1992–2005) and a Vice-President of, and a serving representative on, the International Olympic Committee.[1]

Background[edit]

Reedie was born in Stirling, in Scotland, in 1941. He was educated at High School of Stirling and the University of Glasgow. He gained his Master of Arts (MA) in 1962 and then studied for a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in 1964, still at the University of Glasgow. In 2001 his life's achievements were recognised with a Doctorate from the University of Glasgow, and in 2005 Scotland's oldest university, the University of St Andrews.[2] made him a Doctor of Law (LLD).

In his professional career, Reedie was a partner in a Scottish Independent Financial Advisory company.

He is married with two children. He still has a home in his native Scotland.

Sports administration[edit]

In his sporting life, Reedie gained success playing badminton from 1962 to 1970, culminating in becoming a doubles champion. At the time, badminton was not recognised as an Olympic sport, a situation his influence was able to remedy in 1985, leading to the first medals being awarded at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

After his success as a player, Reedie turned his efforts towards sports administration and from 1981 to 1984 he was President of the International Badminton Federation (IBF). In 1992, he became the Chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA), serving in that capacity for more than a decade, and for which role he was knighted on retiring in 2005. In 1994, in addition to his British role, Reedie joined the International Olympic Committee (IOC), where he is currently one of four United Kingdom representatives, the others being HRH the Princess Royal, Sir Philip Craven and Adam Pengilly.[3]

In addition to his post on the IOC, Reedie is also on the board of the London 2012 Organising Committee, the body tasked with preparing for the 2012 Summer Olympics that were held in London. He was also appointed to the Board of the Olympic Lottery Distributor in 2006.[1] Reedie also served on the Evaluation Commission for the bids for the 2016 Summer Olympics which was won by Rio de Janeiro. He also lead the Evaluation Commission for the 2020 Summer Olympics that were awarded to Tokyo over Istanbul and Madrid, the three remaining cities on a shortlist that previously included Baku, Doha and Rome.[4]

In 2008, Reedie hoped to gain admission to the Executive Board of the IOC, the supreme body of the Olympic movement. This was considered essential, in view of the need for smooth communication between the London 2012 organisation and the decision-making authorities of the IOC. He stepped down from one vacancy to ensure there would be at least one female representative at the 'top table' and was then ranged against a candidate viewed as a potential IOC President for the second vacancy.

On 9 October 2009,at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen,after two previous failed attempts, Reedie was elected to the International Olympic Committee's Executive Board. He is the first Briton to have a seat on the board since 1961. He became a Vice-President of the IOC in July 2012.[1]

Beyond his involvement in the Olympic movement, Reedie has been involved in the World Anti-Doping Agency since its foundation in 1999, serving as the inaugural chair of WADA's Finance and Administration Committee and as a member of it's Executive Committee and Foundation Board. In November 2013 Reedie was elected as WADA's third president, commencing his three year term on 1 January 2014.[1]

Honours[edit]

Reedie is a member of the Order of the British Empire, in the rank of Commander, giving him the post-nominal letters CBE.

In 2006 he gained further recognition, with the award of a knighthood from the Queen, since when his formal title has become: Sir Craig Reedie, CBE.

Reedie is to be awarded with an Honorary Degree by the University of Lincoln in the 2010 Graduation ceremonies.[5]

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