David Beckham and Andy Murray will have to wait a while longer for a possible knighthood.
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Both sports stars were left off Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s honors list, a surprise to some who had expected them to be knighted.
Murray became the first British man since 1936 to win Wimbledon in July, while Beckham ended his illustrious 20-year soccer career in May. Both have previously been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
On a low-profile list of sports names, former Football Association chairman David Bernstein and 1969 women’s Wimbledon champion Ann Jones were made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
David Bedford, a former 10,000-meter world record holder who is now race director for the London Marathon, was awarded an OBE for services to athletics and charitable fundraising.