Sports Personality of the Year: when is BBC SPOTY, can I get tickets, past winners and predicted 2021 nominees

After an exceptionally busy year of sport following the Covid-19 pandemic, BBC Sports Personality of the Year will return to our screens in December

Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Alex Scott will all present the 68th SPOTY awards in front of a studio audience. The event will be held at Salford’s MediaCity and will be broadcast on BBC 1.

BBC Spoty will celebrate a year that has constantly been filled with sporting action, most notably the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020 this summer.

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The programme will also look to note Emma Raducanu’s historic US Open triumph, England’s journey to the Euros 2020 final as well as Chelsea Football Club winning this year’s Champions League.

The International Twenty20 World Cup is yet to get underway, but there is hope that England’s cricket team will be celebrated as they hope to match the success of their Football counterparts.

Who are the predicted 2021 nominees?

  • Tyson Fury is one of the main contenders for a place in 2021’s Six nominees. His recent victory over Deontay Wilder in their final bout of the historic heavyweight trilogy will no doubt go down in history as one of the most iconic fights of this generation of boxers. Fury has maintained his 32 professional undefeated fight record and has proclaimed himself “The greatest heavyweight of my era”.
  • Emma Raducanu will also be a likely nominee for 2021 SPOTY. Rising to fame during the summer’s Wimbledon Championships, she fought her way through the qualifying stages to make it to the last 16 of the tournament.  Following this tremendous achievement, she then went on to fly through the qualifying stages of the US open and become the first ever qualifier to win the tournament as well as the first British women to win the tournament since Virginia Wade in 1977.
Emma Raducanu holding her US Open Trophy

  • Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton is also a possible name to return to the SPOTY nominations. Hamilton has won the award twice before, most recently in 2020, but continues to break records in his Mercedes car as he recently became the only driver to win 100 races. He is currently competing for what would be a record-breaking eighth world title whilst also continuing his campaigning for the Black Lives Matter movement. 
  • Laura Kenny is currently on Betfair’s list of potential SPOTY winners. Her recent triumphs at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 have meant she is now Britain’s most successful female cyclist as well as Britain’s most successful female athlete in Olympic history.  She has six Olympic medals, having won the team pursuit and the omnium at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics as well as winning a silver medal from the team pursuit at the 2020 Olympics.
Laura Kenny is Britain’s most successful female athlete in Olympic history

  • Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford has also appeared on the list of potential 2021 SPOTY nominees. Although currently recovering from an operation, Rashford has continued to work just as hard off the pitch as he does on.  In 2019, the 23-year-old set up the In The Box campaign with Selfridges and has since gone on to do incredible work regarding Food Poverty. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rashford teamed up with the poverty and food waste charity FareShare to deliver meals to those who were no longer receiving their free school meals in the Greater Manchester area. Most recently, Rashford teamed up with chef Tom Kerridge to launch a series of recipes and online video lessons which would be available each week on Instagram and on recipe cards in Supermarkets to provide cheap and simple recipe ideas.
  • Adam Peaty is another likely receiver of a 2021 SPOTY nomination. The Swimmer shone at the Tokyo Olympics 2021, adding to his already impressive medal collection.  Peaty is one of only four British swimmers (David Wilkie, Rebecca Adlington and James Guy) to have won gold medals at all four international events (Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games) and is the only swimmer to hold all four major gold medals at the same time. He is a six-time European swimmer of the year and was the first male British swimmer in 24 years to win an Olympic gold medal in 100 metre breaststroke - a feat he achieved in 2016 and retained in 2020.

Who are the previous winners of BBC Sports Personality of the Year?

Andy Murray has won BBC SPOTY three times, 2013, 2015, 2016

Previous winners of the award have originated from all areas of the Sporting world. Here is a list of the previous winners from the last 10 years:

  • 2020: Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1
  • 2019: Ben Stokes, Cricket
  • 2018: Geraint Thomas, Cycling
  • 2017: Mo Farah, Athletics
  • 2016: Andy Murray, Tennis
  • 2014 : Andy Murray, Tennis
  • 2014: Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1
  • 2013: Andy Murray, Tennis
  • 2012: Bradley Wiggins, Tennis
  • 2011: Mark Cavendish, Cycling
  • 2010: Tony McCoy, Horse Racing

When is the BBC Sports Personality of the year?

The awards show will take place on 19 December 2021 and the Salford MediaCity.

How to buy tickets for Sports Personality of the year

Tickets for the event are not currently available but keep up to date with the information on the Salford MediaCity website or BBC Sport

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