Ballesteros, McKay Honored by IOC
NAGANO, Japan (AP) _ Golfer Seve Ballesteros and sportscaster Jim McKay were among two dozen people awarded the Olympic Order, the IOC’s highest honor.
Ballesteros, a former Masters and British Open champion from Spain and captain of last year’s victorious Ryder Cup team, has been involved in efforts to add golf to the Olympic schedule.
McKay, a longtime correspondent and announcer for ABC Sports, was the face and voice of the Olympics for American viewers during the 1970s and ’80s, when the network held a majority of the U.S. television rights to the games.
Others picked Friday for the prize included Dr. Charles Dillman, a former director of sports science for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and college professor Howard Knuttgen.
The Olympic order is awarded by the International Olympic Committee to recognize ``those persons who have illustrated the Olympic ideal through their actions, have achieved remarkable merit in the sporting world or have rendered outstanding services to the Olympic cause.″