Chris Froome a shocking omission from SPOTY list as Olympians dominate nominations

All eyes will head to Birmingham's Genting Arena on Sunday evening as the sporting glitterati flock to the Midlands for the 2016 Sports Personality Of The Year awards evening, but with Andy Murray already a red-hot odds-on favourite for the top accolade then the other 15 nominees will be battling it out for second and third place.

Murray's sensational season has seen him topple Novak Djokovic from top spot in the world tennis rankings, and also secure a second Wimbledon title, so it's no surprise to see him as short as 1/9 with Paddy Power to record a third SPOTY crown, and the Scot certainly deserves to sit at the top of the sporting tree.

However, it's when filtering through the list of nominees for the prestigious BBC award that it becomes apparent that there should be a drastic change made to the criteria for who makes it on to the list, with the omission of dual Tour de France champion Chris Froome an absolute disgrace.

Time For An Olympian Of The Year Award

While British sport may have faltered in many disciplines the one area that has blossomed since the turn of the century is at the Olympics, and yet again this year the British team excelled in Rio De Janeiro, and 12 of the 16 names on the 2016 SPOTY list are gold medallists from Brazil, so surely it''s now come to the point that there's the introduction of an Olympian award.

Mo Farah (33/1), Laura Kenny (40/1) and Max Whitlock (100/1) are three sporting icons that produced some memorable performances at Rio a few months ago, and they are certainly three superstars that have earned the right to be handed an entry into the SPOTY list having bagged more than one gold medal.

However, Nicola Adams (400/1), who picked up her second Olympic boxing medal, is certainly not worthy of making the list, as whilst she is the dominant force in the 51kg women's category and should be lauded for her achievements in the ring, but let's be realistic about her success.

She only had to win three fights to be crowned Olympic champion, and while she eased to victory with aplomb, she is taking the place of other stars that have had to go through a lot more strenous competition to excel in their sport, and so she should make it on to an Olympian of the Year list, but certainly should be nowhere near the SPOTY nominations.

Froome Omission Is A Disgrace

With the Olympians flooding the nominations then other sporting achievements have been overshadowed, and while Danny Willett's win in the US Masters earlier in the year has seen him make the list, whoever decided not to add Chris Froome to the list should be sent straight to the job centre in disgrace.

This is a man who competes in arguably the most gruelling event on the sporting calendar, the Tour de France, and puts his body through tremendous amounts of pain over a three-week period to achieve cycling glory, and yet he can't even make the list of sixteen.

It was only a few years ago that the British public took a huge shine to Sir Bradley Wiggins, as he became the first Briton to win the Tour de France, which propelled him into the limelight, but while Froome may not offer the same charisma and intrigue on camera that Wiggins does, it should certainly not go against what a stunning sportsman he is.

Froome, recorded a fabulous third Tour de France success earlier in the year, as he fought off the world's best in a really dominant display from start to finish, yet his omission from the SPOTY list is an absolute travesty, and it overshadows what should be a celebration of all the elite sporting stars in British sport.

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Posted: Tuesday, 13th December 2016
Author: Steve Chambo

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