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Weir concern over honours system

David Weir has suggested Paralympians have to work harder to earn recognition than their non-disabled counterparts.

Six-time Paralympic gold medallist Weir has been recognised with a CBE for winning four gold medals at this summer's London Games, but the wheelchair athlete was not among the five sporting dames and knights created.

Olympic cyclist Bradley Wiggins and British Cycling performance director David Brailsford have both been knighted, as has sailor Ben Ainslie, with Paralympic cyclist Sarah Storey becoming a dame after taking her gold medal tally to 11 to match Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson's record.

British rowing performance director David Tanner has also been knighted.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Weir said: "I am absolutely honoured to receive this award.

"I would have been disappointed if Sarah Storey had not been made a dame because she deserves it with 11 gold medals.

"It's a weird one how they choose it. Sometimes it seems that Paralympians have to win lots and lots of medals to get a damehood or a knighthood.

"Kelly Holmes was made a same when she won two gold medals, but it seems we have to get into double figures to get it.

"Sarah Storey should have been awarded this years ago, and I just feel that sometimes we are left out perhaps because we are not in the public eye.

"It is a bit strange, but I am just honoured to get anything from the Queen for doing a sport I love."

Weir is the only disabled athlete among five CBEs with only two Paralympians receiving OBEs in the list published on Saturday.