Games dominate BBC sport award list

This Is Lancashire: Double Olympic champion Mo Farah is among those shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award Double Olympic champion Mo Farah is among those shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Olympic and Paralympic champions dominate the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Tennis ace Andy Murray, cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins, athletes Mo Farah and David Weir, sailor Ben Ainslie plus golfer Rory McIlroy are in the mix for the coveted top award.

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis, cyclist Sarah Storey, boxer Nicola Adams, swimmer Ellie Simmonds and rower Katherine Grainger are also in the running.

Not a single woman made it on to last year's final shortlist despite a strong year of competition.

The controversy triggered a review of the process for this year's event, which has also produced a shortlist that includes two more sports personalities than usual. An expert panel has also been introduced.

After a golden summer of home-grown sport including the London 2012 Games, the event promises to be the biggest in the programme's 59-year history. It will be held at London's ExCeL centre on December 16.

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