Raheem Sterling and Tyson Fury among stars up for Sports Personality of the Year 2021
Six contenders for this year’s Sports Personality of the Year award have been announced, including local sporting heroes Raheem Sterling and Tyson Fury.
Joining the Manchester City star and boxing legend are Tom Daley, Emma Raducanu, Adam Peaty, and Dame Sarah Storey.
The awards celebrate 12 months of incredible sporting action and will be broadcast from MediaCityUK in Salford next week.
The programme on Sunday December 19 will be hosted by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott.
Wythenshawe-born Fury recently told the Daily Telegraph that he would take legal action against the BBC if they included him on the shortlist.
He said: “It means nothing to me and I don’t need it or want it.
“In fact, they will hear from my solicitors if they do put me on the list. Give it to someone who needs it. I don’t.
“We know who the sports personality of the year is anyway – it’s me. I am the sports personality.”
The 33-year-old boxer has been nominated and named by the BBC as ‘one of the great heavyweights’.
27-year-old Man City forward Raheem Sterling was praised for his performance in the Euro 2020 tournament.
The footballer scored three goals at the tournament including the opener during England’s historic win against Germany.
Olympic diver Tom Daley has also been shortlisted for Sports Personality of the Year after winning gold at the synchronised 10m platform event with Matty Lee.
Swimmer Adam Peaty, 19-year-old tennis star Emma Raducanu and Paralympic gold medalist cyclist Dame Sarah Storey complete the shortlist.
F1 legend Lewis Hamilton was tipped for the awards after narrowly missing out on becoming World Champion for an eighth time, but hasn’t made the shortlist this year.
Voting will be open to the public during the show on Sunday.
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