All change for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, as shortlist of nominees kept under wraps
The reduced shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year will not be revealed until Sunday’s show
• The reduced shortlist will not be revealed until Sunday’s show
• Overseas Sports Personality renamed World Sport Star—votes can also be cast from those living outside the UK
• New award for Greatest Sporting Moment chosen before ceremony by online vote
It will be a new look Sports Personality of the Year ceremony that marks the BBC event’s 65th anniversary in Birmingham this Sunday.
For the first time, the Sports Personality of the Year contenders will be revealed on the night of the show in a pared back short-list, rather than being released with supporting information in the run-up to the event.
A new award to mark the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year is open to the public vote online until this Friday, with the winner announced at the ceremony on Sunday.
Also for the first time, the newly named World Sport Star of the Year will be open to voting online from home and overseas, with the deadline set for Saturday.
Other awards that will be presented on the night include:
· Lifetime Achievement
· Team of the Year
· Coach of the Year
· The Helen Rollason Award (for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity)
· The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award (to honour volunteers from across the UK)
Sports Personality of Year
Holding back the short-list until the show begins is a smart way to stem the head of steam that has traditionally built up before the night of the show itself: Who should not be on the list? Who should have been on the list? Who is favourite to win?
Not that there is any shortage of suggestions across every sports medium in the country, together with betting odds on the favourites. So here is a selection.
· Lewis Hamilton, won 10 F1 Grands Prix to seal fifth world title
· Geraint Thomas, winner of the Tour de France
· Ronnie O’Sullivan, won record seventh UK title, 25 years after first lifting trophy as a 17-year-old, to seal record 19th ‘Triple Crown’ event win
· Dina Asher-Smith, gold medals in 4×100 relay at Commonwealth Games and in 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at European Championships
· Alastair Cook, scored a century in his final Test innings, to end career as country’s record run scorer, and fifth best ever
· Lizzy Yarnold, successfully defended her Winter Olympic skeleton title
· Harry Kane, Spurs striker and standout performer in England’s semi-final World Cup run
Greatest Sporting Moment of the 2018: Voting closes 8pm Friday 14 December
The five nominations are:
· England’s netball gold at Commonwealth Games: a last-gasp goal from Helen Housby saw England record their first win over favourites Australia since 2013.
· Alastair Cook’s century in last Test innings before retirement in at The Oval: Cook finished his international career having scored more runs and made more centuries for England than any other Test player.
· Tiger Woods’ first win in five years at season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta: Five years after his last win plus spine fusion surgery, Woods picked up his 80th PGA Tour title.
· England’s penalty shootout vs Colombia in QF of World Cup: Eric Dier scored winning kick after Jordan Pickford’s save from Carlos Bacca.
· Tyson Fury fight-back from knockdowns in Los Angeles: Fury returned after 30 months away, as he overcame depression and accepted a backdated two-year doping ban to score a draw in just his third fight.
World Sport Star of the Year: Voting [worldwide] closes 2pm Saturday 15 December
The four nominations are:
· Simone Biles, who returned from two-year break in 2018 to take tally of World Championship gold medals to record 14. Became first gymnast in 30 years to win a medal in all six women’s events at same championships, four in gold, including record fourth world title in the all-around and the team title.
· Ester Ledecka became the first woman to win a gold medal in two different sports at the Winter Olympics, in both skiing and snowboarding.
· Francesco Molinari won his first major and was instrumental in Europe’s Ryder Cup glory. After winning the PGA Championship at Wentworth and maiden PGA Tour victory, went on to claim The Open at Carnoustie, and became first European in Ryder Cup history to win all five of his matches.
· Oleksandr Usyk became undisputed world cruiserweight champion. Already the WBO champion, he started 2018 with the WBC belt, claimed the WBA, IBF and The Ring Magazine belts in Moscow, and retained his world title against Tony Bellew.
Young Sports Personality—winner
The 17-year-old para-athlete Kare Adenegan was named the 2018 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year at the Radio 1 Teen Awards in London.
Swimmer Freya Anderson and jockey James Bowen were also on the final shortlist for the award, selected by an expert panel from an original list that also included Max Burgin (athletics), Jack Draper (tennis), Georgia-Mae Fenton (gymnastics), Anna Hursey (table tennis), Georgia Roche (rugby league), Ryan Sessegnon (football) and Maisie Summers-Newton (para-swimming).
Adenegan, who won a silver and two bronzes at the Rio Paralympics, set the world record at the London Anniversary Games in July, beating long-time rival and five-time Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft. She then won her first gold medal in senior competition the following month as she took the World Para-athletics European title in Berlin, again beating Cockroft, and took silver in the T34 800m.