In recognition of his outstanding services to sport, ASOIF Executive Director Andrew Ryan was awarded an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours List of June, 2022. The list marks the public service of individuals across the UK and all sectors in celebration of Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.
Andrew Ryan said: “Receiving an MBE for services to sport was a really nice surprise especially given it recognises my role of Executive Director for ASOIF. For me this means it is shared by all my friends in the IFs and at ASOIF as it shows that the organisation’s importance is now recognised even in the UK.”
Congratulating Andrew Ryan, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “This award is exciting news and very much deserved. It is fair to say that Andrew has dedicated his entire life to sport and its development. He has been Executive Director of ASOIF for more than 15 years now and the role of the Summer IFs family has increased significantly during this period. His strategic thinking, excellent knowledge of the Olympic and Sport Movement, foresight, but also his kind nature and excellent humour are invaluable for our association.”
Ever since his graduation from the University of Sussex, UK, in Economics in 1977, Andrew has served the sports world, first as a national coach in tennis and badminton, and then as an administrator. In 1994 he was appointed as the first Director of Development by the International Badminton Federation (now Badminton World Federation). Andrew was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the International Badminton Federation ahead of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and joined ASOIF in 2006 as Executive Director.
He is currently a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Programme Commission, the Coordination Commissions for the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games, the 2026 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar, Senegal and the Coordination Commission for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
In addition, Andrew Ryan has served on the Evaluation and Coordination Commissions for the Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010, Nanjing 2014 and Buenos Aires 2018.
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