Monday, 30 March 2009
Tunku Imran receives Honorary Doctorate from the United States Sports Academy
Y.A.M. Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja'afar was presented an Honorary Doctorate from the United States Sports Academy (USSA) on Saturday, 21 March in Daphne, Alabama, USA.The ceremony commenced with an introduction of him by the USSA's President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, followed by the presentation of the Academy’s “Order of the Eagle Exemplar with Rosette” given by Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Robert C. Campbell III. After the acceptance of his degree, he was presented with a key to the city of Daphne by Mayor Fred Small. Small’s daughter Kimberly then presented him with a signed softball, thanking him for his contributions to sports on behalf of young athletes in both Daphne and around the world. He celebrated his 61st birthday with a ceremonial presentation of his Honorary Doctorate followed by a reception at the Academy’s campus.
Y.A.M. Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja'afar has served as President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) since 1998 and as a board member since 1985. He is also Vice President of the Commonwealth Games Federation and honorary Life President of the Southeast Asian Games Federation. He is the founding Chairman of the Foundation for Malaysian Sporting Excellence (SportExcel) and member of the Management Board of the National Sports Council of Malaysia. He was an Executive Board member of the International Cricket Council from 1997 to 1999, then again from 2001 to 2008, and is currently President of the Malaysian Cricket Association. He serves as a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) and on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in which he is a member of both the IOC Sport & Law Commission and the IOC Sport for All Commission.
In addition to his tenure as a player on the Malaysian National Squash Team (1973-1976) and his title as the country’s National Squash Champion (1973), he is a patron of the World Squash Federation, serving as its president from 1989 until 1996. He was Malaysia's Chef-de-Mission to the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and honored with the National Sports' Leadership Award by the King of Malaysia in 1991. For more than 30 years, he has faithfully served the international sport community, promoting sport and Olympic ideals worldwide.
The Executive Board of OCM congratulates Y.A.M. Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja'afar for being presented the USSA's Honorary Doctorate degree.