This will be one of the strangest years in history when it comes to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The accolade is usually one of the most competitive of the year, with a number of British athletes competing for the award. However, this year it will be slightly subdued with many of the biggest events of the year having been cancelled due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
However, the betting for the award is still as competitive as ever, with the 22Bet app having all the latest prices. Vadim Mikelevich has already admitted that this year’s event could see a clear front runner for the award, but who will that be?
There is no doubting the current favourite in the betting. Tyson Fury has reclaimed his place at the top of the sport. This year he reclaimed his top spot after delivering brutal knockout loss on Deontay Wilder. The victory was quickly claimed to have been one of the most dazzling in heavyweight boxing history. Fury also does good work in raising awareness for those suffering from mental health problems. He would be a deserving winner of the award and would top an incredible 2020 for the boxer.
Lewis Hamilton is constantly talked about as one of the very best British athletes, but he is often overlooked for this award. Only Michael Schumacher has won more Formula 1 titles than Hamilton, with the Brit set to tie the German’s record fairly soon. Should he win another F1 title this year, then his odds could tumble. Motorsport fans are constantly amazed that his achievements are often overlooked. This year could be the year that ends, as he is among the favourites to win the illustrious prize.
Due to the number of cancelled events in the world of sport, there are a number of shock contenders in the list. One of the favourites in the betting is Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. Fans will be surprised to see the midfielder towards the top of the betting, but he has enjoyed an incredible season. Henderson has been vital in Liverpool’s season that will likely see them crowned Premier League winners for the first time in their history. He will have a decent chance at winning the award, but it would be incredibly difficult to see him finishing about Fury.
For the first time ever, a wrestler will likely be included in the shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year. McIntyre’s story is one of rise and fall, as he finally climbed to the top of the mountain in WWE by winning the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. The Scot became the first British WWE world champion, and it came less than ten years after he was fired from the company. There are already rumours suggesting that McIntyre will bring a WWE PPV to the United Kingdom, but being crowned Sports Personality of the Year would be his crowning moment.