BOA chiefs threaten BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards boycott over shortlist
The absence of any sportswomen on the BBC”s final shortlist for this year”s Sports Personality of the Year award could see senior British Olympic Association officials BOYCOTT next week”s ceremony in Salford.
BOA chairman Lord Moynihan and chief executive Andy Hunt have been invited to next Thursday awards but are still considering whether to attend.
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2012 SPORTS PERSONALTY OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST
Mark Cavendish (cycling)
Darren Clarke (golf)
Alastair Cook (cricket)
Luke Donald (golf)
Mo Farah (athletics)
Dai Greene (athletics)
Amir Khan (boxing)
Rory McIlroy (golf)
Andy Murray (tennis)
Andrew Strauss (cricket)
A BOA spokesman said it was more important that the BBC had agreed to review the shortlisting process.
The spokesman said: “The Sports Personality of the Year is a prestigious honour and, typically, the BBC does a fantastic job recognising truly deserving sports men and women.
“This year, however, there were some glaring omissions from the list.
“Whether we attend this year is less important than what happens with the award in the future.
“To that end, we are encouraged to see that the BBC will review the process by which the finalists and winners are chosen in subsequent years.
Boycott: BOA chairman Lord Moynihan may not attend next week”s ceremony
“With next year being an Olympic year – and such an important year for British sport – this review is timely and will no doubt lead to an even better process going forward.”
The BOA feel strongly about the issue because almost half of the British team at London 2012 will be women athletes.