“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…

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  • GavBelfast

    Only a pedant would be bothered about this.

    Or two pedants, lol!

  • Not turning up or being available at the end of a satellite link certainly didn’t do Rory McIlroy’s chances any good …

    Bradley Wiggins (492,064)
    Jessica Ennis (372,765)
    Andy Murray (230,444)
    Mo Farah (131,327)
    David Weir (114,633)
    Ellie Simmonds (102,894)
    Sir Chris Hoy (42,961)
    Nicola Adams (35,560)
    Ben Ainslie (35,373)
    Rory McIlroy (29,729) <-- 10th place Kath Grainger (28,606) Sarah Storey 12th (10,342)

  • Red Lion

    Wiggoooo! Super Bradley Wiggins! And i hear the tour de france starts in Yorkshire next year that could be a wee cycling holiday in the making…

  • sherdy

    Maybe Rory spoiled his chances by not definitely opting for TeamGB in the next Olympics.

  • dodrade

    Another pedantic note from the terms and conditions:

    People are eligible to win Sports Personality of the Year if:

    – They are citizens of Britain OR NORTHERN IRELAND (emphasis added)

    Now i’m aware quite a few people identified themselves as Northern Irish in the census but there is no such thing (yet) as Northern Irish citizenship.