Raheem Sterling, Tyson Fury nominated for Sports Personality of the Year Award


The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has released a shortlist of nominees for its Sports Personality of the Year Award.

The list seen by African Entertainment contains six contenders from across the world of sports including boxing, swimming and football.

For 2021 award, the nominees are diver Tom Daley, boxer Tyson Fury, swimmer Adam Peaty, tennis player Emma Raducanu, Manchester City player, Raheem Sterling and Paralympic cyclist Dame Sarah Storey.

According to BBC, voting will be open during the show on BBC One on Sunday, 19 December.

BBC says Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott will present the 68th annual awards, adding that “the programme, filmed at Media City in Salford, will celebrate 12 months of incredible sporting action, which featured the Olympics and Paralympics.”

It stated further that the public can vote by phone or online on the night for the main award, with full details announced during the show.

“Other awards to be announced include Young Sports Personality of the Year, Team and Coach of the Year, World Sport Star of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Unsung Hero,” it said.

Find below, BBC’s profiling of the nominees

Tom Daley

Daley became an Olympic diving champion, alongside Matty Lee in the synchronised 10m platform event.

He has been a household name since competing on the world stage as a schoolboy, and has won major titles.

Daley also won bronze in the men’s 10m platform to become the first British diver to claim four Olympic medals.

Tyson Fury

Fury has enjoyed a 11th-round win over American Deontay Wilder to retain his WBC title in Las Vegas in October. Fury was twice knocked down himself in the fourth round before knocking out Wilder in a brutal contest to remain world champion.


Adam Peaty

Peaty powered to 100m breaststroke gold in Tokyo to become the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title.

A 44-year wait for a British women’s Grand Slam singles champion ended with Raducanu’s remarkable run to win the US Open.

She was the first qualifier in the Open era to win a Grand Slam title, sealing victory with a straight-sets win over Canadian Leylah Fernandez.

Raducanu, then 18, did not drop a set in the tournament as she became the youngest women’s Slam champion since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon as a 17-year-old in 2004.

In the summer, while awaiting her A-level results, the teenager had emerged as a star at Wimbledon, defying her ranking of 338 to reach the fourth round before retiring from her last-16 match after suffering breathing difficulties.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling shone as England progressed at Euro 2020 – reaching the final of a major tournament for the first time in 55 years before losing to Italy on penalties.

The Manchester City forward scored three goals at the tournament, including the opener during England’s historic win over Germany in the last 16.

Sterling was one of three England players, alongside defenders Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker, to be picked in Uefa’s team of the tournament.

He also scored 10 Premier League goals during the 2020-21 season as City won the title for the third time in fourth years.

Sarah Storey

A 17th Paralympic gold sealed Storey’s status as Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian of all time.

In Tokyo, Storey defended the women’s C4-5 road race title she has held since London 2012 to put her one gold ahead of previous record holder Mike Kenny.

Storey’s gold was her third of the Tokyo Paralympics – her eighth Games since making her debut in Barcelona in 1992 as a 14-year-old swimmer.

She also won the individual pursuit on the track before claiming time-trial gold as she took her overall Paralympic medal tally to 28.