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SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2012 Nominations | BBC

BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2012 Nominations

Mo Farah

Andy Murray

Sarah Storey

Katherine Grainger

Bradley Wiggins

Ben Ainslie

Ellie Simmonds

Jessica Ennis

Sir Chris Hoy

Rory McIlroy

Nicola Adams

David Weir

Gary Lineker : “It will get more impossible as the evening progresses, all four of those and the other eight and lots more have had unbelievably brilliant achievements.

“It’s worth pointing out it will be the great British public that will decide on the night. What we’ve done this year we’re not having any voting until we’ve seen all 12 candidates and I’m sure the public will be voting in their millions.

The remaining tickets for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 have sold out in 40 minutes.

The event, at London’s 15,000-capacity ExCeL on Sunday, 16 December, promises to be the biggest in the programme’s 59-year history after a golden summer.

There are still a limited number of disabled places available, to book these please call 0333 567 0153.

Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding will host the 2012 review.

The 12 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award will be announced on The One Show at 19:00 GMT on Monday, 26 November.

With an increased shortlist of 12, in recognition of the unprecedented success of UK sportsmen and women this year, the competition for the coveted title will be one of the most hotly contested in the show’s history.

London 2012 volunteers and young people are to share 1,000 free tickets.

Five hundred tickets will be given to volunteers through a random ballot and the same amount will be handed to young people from the six Olympic and Paralympic host boroughs.

BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2012

  • Venue: ExCel London
  • Date: Sunday, 16 December
  • Time: 19:30 GMT

Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website

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McIlroy‚ Woods no-show – Sponsors Left Dissapointed

SHENZHEN: The sponsors of this week’s WGC-Champions event have criticised world No 1 Rory McIlroy and 14-times major winner Tiger Woods for turning down the chance to play in the tournament. REUTERS

The pair played in a lucrative head-to-head exhibition match on Monday at Jinsha Lake in China. McIlroy is now in Bulgaria watching his tennis-playing girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki competing while second-ranked Woods moved on to Singapore to fulfil corporate engagements.

“On the one hand we have by far and away the strongest field in Asia this year, 13 of the top 20 are here. But of course we are disappointed the top two are not here,” HSBC’s worldwide head of sponsorship Giles Morgan said. “We are looking at a true world golf championship. As a sponsor we can provide the prize money and all of the wonderful facilities for spectators, customers, the media etc. But the one thing you need of course is the players.”

Morgan emphasised how important it was for the sport’s main attractions to turn up to the big events outside the United States and Europe given the financial recession. “We believe very strongly in supporting golf around the world at all levels because we believe the sport has great potential to grow,” he explained. “But in order to showcase itself particularly in emerging markets for golf such as China we feel as many of the top players should be here.”

Morgan said that with so many sporting sponsors suffering during the recession, golfers should be wary of upsetting them. “Without the sponsors there isn’t professional golf and I speak on behalf of the industry,” he added. “Here in China we have built something very big, very quickly so we need to continue to try to invest and encourage people to play.”

“I feel very strongly as I know a number of sponsors do, that particularly in a downturn, particularly when there are financial difficulties around the world, that golf cannot be immune,” added Morgan. The $7 million WGC-Champions event starts on Thursday.

 


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