When is BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022? Date, how to watch on UK TV, nominees and previous winners

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Everything you need to know ahead of this year’s BBC SPOTY awards

BBC Sports Personality of the Year will return once more next week to celebrate a phenomenal year of sport which will include England’s Euro 2022 success, the T20 World Cup win as well as the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Rugby League and Rugby Union World Cups which have all taken place in the past 12 months.

Emma Raducanu won the 2021 award after she became the first woman since Virigina Wade in 1977 to win a Grand Slam. Raducanu, just 18 at the time, won the US Open after she beat Leylah Fernandez in the final. Not only did she become the first qualifier to win the tournament, she aced her way through to the trophy without dropping a single set.

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This year, the Director of Sport, Barbara Slater, has said: “The BBC is the home of major sporting events and has brought key moments from a huge year to audiences across the UK.

“We will truly be spoiled for choice for contenders and can’t wait to celebrate the year’s achievements in December.”

Here is all you need to know ahead of this year’s BBC SPOTY awards ceremony…

When is BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022?

The awards programme will be shown on Wednesday 21 December 2022. The show will be held live at the MediaCityUK in Salford with Gabby Logan, Alex Scott, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding presenting the action.

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How to watch BBC SPOTY 2022?

BBC One will show the programme with BBC iPlayer streaming the event for those unable to watch on TV. The show will begin at 6.45pm GMT.

Can I buy tickets for BBC SPOTY 2022?

According to Cornucopia Events, tickets are available for a dinner and afterparty package with the events company and can be purchased on their website. Tickets for the VIP experience cost £299 per person. For more information on how to buy these tickets, go to Cornucopia Events.

Beth Mead is tipped to win BBC SPOTY following Euros successBeth Mead is tipped to win BBC SPOTY following Euros success
Beth Mead is tipped to win BBC SPOTY following Euros success | Getty Images

Who are the BBC SPOTY 2022 nominees?

Jessica Gadirova

The 18-year-old gymnast is a rising star of British gymnastics and claimed floor gold on the final day of the world championships. This was her third medal at the event after she won silver in the team and a historic bronze in the al-around competition.

Gadirova also secured silver and gold at the European Championships and features on the Young Sports Personality shortlist along with diver Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix.

Beth Mead

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Mead won both the Golden boot and player of the tournament following England’s historic triumph at Wembley during this summer’s Euros competition. The Arsenal striker scored six goals and registered five assists and then went on to be voted BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2022 as well as coming runner-up at the 2022 Ballon d’Or Feminin.

Eve Muirhead

32-year-old Eve Muirhead led Great Britain’s women team to curling gold at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. She is Scotland’s most decorated curler and in 2014 was the youngest captain to win an Olympic medal when her team claimed bronze.

Earlier this year, Muirhead claimed a sixth world mixed doubles title with Bobby Lammie before announcing her retirement from the sport soon after.

Ronnie O’Sullivan

O’Sullivan became the oldest world champion in Crucible history when he claimed his seventh World Championship title, equalling Stephen Hendry’s record in the modern era, earlier this year. This was the snooker’s star’s 39th ranking title and he holds almost major record in the game.

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The 46-year-old also won the Champion of Champions and Hong Kong Masters in 2022.

2019 winner Ben Stokes helped England’s T20 cricketers to victory in a thrilling final against Pakistan by scoring 52 not out. The all-rounder also inherited England’s red-ball side which had just one win to their name in their last 17 Tests but the 31-year-old has completely overturned their fortune, winning nine out of the 10 games he has been in charge.

Most recently, the Durham star led England to a historic 3-0 series win in Pakistan.

Jake Wightman

Wightman became the first British man to win the 1500m gold at the World Championships since 1983 when he produced a brilliant final burst to pass the Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen and clinch the title.

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The 28-year-old also won 800m silver at the European Championships and 1500m bronze at the Commonwealth Games.

What are the odds?

Here are the latest odds for the winner according to BetFair:

  • Beth Mead - 1/40
  • Ben Stokes - 16/1
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan - 100/1
  • Jessica Gadirova - 100/1
  • Eve Muirhead - 100/1
  • Jake Wightman - 100/1

Who are the previous winners of the BBC SPOTY?

Here are all the winners of BBC SPOTY since 2010:

  • 2010: Tony McCoy - Horse racing
  • 2011: Mark Cavendish - cycling
  • 2012: Bradley Wiggins - Cycling
  • 2013: Andy Murray - Tennis
  • 2014: Lewis Hamilton - Formula One
  • 2015: Andy Murray - Tennis
  • 2016: Andy Murray - Tennis
  • 2017: Mo Farah - Athletics
  • 2018: Geraint Thomas - Cycling
  • 2019: Ben Stokes - Cricket
  • 2020: Lewis Hamilton - Formula One
  • 2021: Emma Raducanu - Tennis

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