August 5, 2014, by Katherine Lakeland
Nottingham alumnus’ first games as Commonwealth president
It seems the role of President of the Commonwealth Games Federation was always destined for His Royal Highness Prince Imran, who oversaw the first Games under his presidency in Glasgow this month.
A Malaysian national, Prince Imran studied law at Nottingham, graduating in 1970. While he was here, his aptitude for sport was clear to see, representing the University’s first teams in squash and cricket, going on to represent his country in both sports. If that wasn’t dedication enough, in his ‘spare’ time he represented his hall of residence in hockey, rugby and tennis.
Prince Imran has been long-standing advocate for international sport, with roles including president of the Olympic Council of Malaysia and elected member of the International Olympic Committee. He was instrumental in bringing the Commonwealth Games to Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
While Prince Imran’s achievements set the bar high for aspiring athletes, Nottingham’s sporting talent was out in force in Glasgow, ensuring a healthy legacy of international sporting ambassadors from the University. Past and present students competed for their countries in a range of disciplines.
The University’s Director of Sport, Dan Tilley, was in Glasgow with the competitors and blogged about their performances, a highlight of which was a silver medal for high-jumper Isobel Pooley, third-year Animal Science student.
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