KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 (Bernama) -- Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar has been conferred an honorary doctorate in sports by the United States Sports Academy for his outstanding leadership and achievements in sports and sports-related professions.
"It was one of the best presents I have ever received," he said of the award which he received in Alabama on March 21, which happened to be his 61st birthday.
"It's a great honour for me and especially for Malaysia in being recognised internationally," he said.
According to a statement from his office, the citation from the academy stated that Tunku Imran had brought "honour to his country, his family, himself and to the field of sport, sport organisation and sport promotion".
A national squash champion in the 1970's, Tunku Imran has served the international sports community and promoted sports and Olympic ideas worldwide.
He has also been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 2006 and a member of its Commission on Sports Law and Sports for All.
The U.S. Sports Academy, America's Sports University, is an independent, non-profit body created to serve the United States and the world with programmes in instruction, research and service. It prepares men and women for careers in the profession of sports.