Richard Gordon, Olivet Evangelical Church

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‘Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matt 20:28)

Who is Scotland’s greatest athlete?

Arguably Eric Liddell, who in 1924 won the Olympic gold medal for the 400 metres, not the race he trained for.

He was born in China, educated in Britain and returned to China at the age of 23.

He died after 16 years of missionary service, in a Japanese Internment Camp on February 21, 1945.

D. P. Thomson wrote the book ‘Scotland’s Greatest Athlete’ for the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games.

The 2008 Olympics were held in China, a year earlier two officials of the British Olympic Association visited China for the pre-Olympic Regatta.

They took the opportunity of visiting Weifang to pay their respects at Eric’s grave.

One of the officials Mr Clegg, said that during a lunch with the vice-mayor of Weifang he was told that Eric was given the opportunity of being exchanged while he was still alive – he turned it down in favour of someone else.”