The Whitehall committee responsible for awarding honours to sports people is allowed to make only one medal winner a knight or dame this year. But as many as four mandarins could be knighted.
More than 20 officials will also become CBEs – the next most highly ranked honour – compared with four sports stars, according to the rules.
There is growing controversy over the quota system, which appears to favour civil servants over the country’s Olympic athletes.
With a bit of luck, it might bring down the whole corrupt system ...