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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 June 2007, 12:19 GMT 13:19 UK
Griffiths joy at OBE appointment
Terry Griffiths
Griffiths feels the OBE is for his coaching work
Former world snooker champion Terry Griffiths says he is proud to have been made an OBE on the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

"It is quite a surprise to me and it is a great honour, it is great for snooker in Wales," the 59-year-old Llanelli man told BBC Wales.

Griffiths won the world title on his debut in 1979, was runner-up in 1989, and spent 17 years in the top 16.

After retiring in 1996 he went on to coach double world champ Mark Williams.

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"I've managed to set up coaching facilities for youngsters all over the world since I retired, so I suppose the award is for that, really," said Griffiths.

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