Olympics chiefs still angry with BBC

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Senior officials from the British Olympic Association are considering whether to attend BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards after no women were included on the 10-strong shortlist.

The BOA feel strongly about the issue because almost half of the British team at London 2012 will be women. Locally, there is a strong feeling that Doncaster’s Sarah Stevenson should not have been overlooked, too.

Former England hooker Brian Moore posed the question recently: “Is it credible that in another year without winning a major, (tennis star) Andy Murray’s claim is better than that of taekwondo world champion Sarah, who lost both her parents this year?”

BOA chairman Lord Moynihan and chief executive Andy Hunt have been invited to Thursday’s awards and are still considering whether to attend. A BOA spokesman said: “This year there were some glaring omissions from the list. Whether we attend is less important than what happens with the award in the future. We are encouraged to see the BBC will review the process by which the finalists and winners are chosen in subsequent years.”