“For the avoidance of doubt…”

The unsurprising, for many reasons, winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 may have been this year’s Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, a well-deserved third place went to Olympic and US Open tennis champion, Andy Murray.  But the Guardian’s Paul Owens has spotted something strange about the BBC’s Panel awarding ‘Team of the Year’ to the Olympic Team GB/Paralympics GB.

From the BBC’s own “SPOTY Voting & Judging: Terms & conditions 2012” [dated 12 December 2012]


For the team in an individual sport or sporting discipline that has achieved the most notable performance in the calendar year to date. The team should have significant UK interest or involvement.

For the avoidance of doubt this criteria excludes Team GB/Paralympics GB but includes the likes of British Cycling, Rowing Coxless Four and the European Ryder Cup team.

How strange, indeed.  Of course the BBC’s “Terms and Conditions 2012” also note that

The Panel also had the right to amend the criteria for the main award (as well as the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, Team of the Year and/or Coach of the Year – see below) should there be unanimous agreement amongst panel members to do so.

But, as I understand it, the Olympics/Paralympics are different organisations and therefore different teams.  And why, by 12 December, had the apparent change in the eligibility criteria not been noted?

[Don’t worry, everyone got a prize! – Ed]  Not Rory McIlroy…