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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020: The Contenders

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020: The Contenders

With Christmas looming it can only mean one thing; BBC Sports Personality of the Year is just around the corner. 2020 has been a complicated year, a global pandemic has caused a lot of disruptions in sport this year but there is still plenty of sporting achievement to be celebrated. The BBC have released the six sporting athletes hoping to receive the prestigious Sports Personality of the Year trophy, former winners stretching back all the way to 1954 

The winner will be decided by the public at the live event on the 20th December, the event itself will be hosted by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott. The award will be presented by the 2019 winner, cricketer, Ben Stokes.  

The six nominees are:  

  

Stuart Broad, 34 (Cricket) 

Attempting to make it back-to-back Cricketers to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY). 2020 saw Broad able to become just the seventh bowler to reach a total of 500 wickets in test cricket.  

  

Hollie Doyle, 24 (Horse Racing) 

This year Doyle impressively surpassed her own record of winning horses ridden by a British woman in a year. The achievements this year for her does not stop there as she also rode a historic double victory on British Champions Day. Doyle then went on to become the very first female jockey to ride five winning horses on the same meeting card, and even claimed her first win at Royal Ascot.  

  

Tyson Fury, 32 (Boxing)

2020 saw yet another successful year for Tyson Fury as he was able to win the WBC title against, American, Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas. That came after their controversial draw in 2019. Perhaps known for his controversial behaviour at times and his history of known battle with depression and drugs. But after being stripped of his world titles and serving his ban from the sport, this must be considered one of the great comeback stories by the self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’.  

  

Lewis Hamilton, 35 (Formula 1) 

One of the greatest to ever take part in motorsport, and 2020 may have been one of his greatest years of his career so far. He was able to equal the record of seven world titles and it meant the fourth consecutive world title for the Mercedes driver. As the bookies clear favourite, it seems like any other outcome could be considered a surprise on the night 

  

Jordan Henderson, 30 (Football) 

After captaining Liverpool to Champions League success, Henderson lifted the Premier League title after a dominant display from Liverpool throughout the entire season, making it Liverpool’s first league title since 1990. At the end of the season Henderson was also presented with the Football Writer’s Men’s Player of the Year award.  

 

Ronnie O’Sullivan, 44 (Snooker) 

After semi-retiring from Snooker a few years ago, Ronnie O’Sullivan decided to return this season and even managed to win his sixth world title at the Crucible. Surprisingly, this is the first time ‘The Rocket’ has been nominated for SPOTY having won more events that any other Snooker player in history. O’Sullivan’s Crucible victory meant he became the oldest winner in its history.  

  

Other Notable Awards

Many other awards will be presented on the night, these include Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and Unsung Hero.  

Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford will be presented with a special award for his efforts in helping those families struggling with child food poverty in the UK.  

 

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