The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011 top 10 has been announced today and the list covers several sports and nations but controversially includes no women.
The prestigious award will be handed out on Thursday 22 December and will be decided by a public vote during the live show. The 10 names revealed today were chosen by a selection of sports editors representing local and national newspapers and magazines.
Golf is the most represented sport with major-winning Northern Irish due Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy joined by world number one Luke Donald. There are two cricketers nominated, reflecting England’s successful year, with Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook the names in the hat. Gold medals at the World Athletics Championships were enough to get Mo Farah and Dai Greene shortlisted, whilst Andy Murray also makes the top 10.
The list is completed by cycling’s Mark Cavendish – recognising his superb Tour de France and achievement in becoming the first male, British world road racing champion for 46 years – and Amir Khan. The boxer from Bolton has had a superb year, culminating in his dazzling stoppage of Zab Judah in Las Vegas to unify the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles.
The evening will be hosted by Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Jake Humphrey, live from MediaCityUK in Salford. The sporting extravaganza is sure to attract the great and the good of British and worldwide sport.
Other awards given out on the night include the Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, Young Sports Personality of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Helen Rollason Award and Sports Unsung Hero.
Details of how to vote for the main award will be given out during the live show when we will learn who will follow AP McCoy and become the 58th winner of the award.