I am sure I am not the only woman who was not only disappointed but mystified by not one single female making it onto the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Are you seriously asking me to believe that across every sports discipline on the planet not one woman is seen to have a personality worthy of mention?
Am I naive for expecting more from a national institution like the beeb? One that is supposed to cater for the whole population, well it certainly expects my license fee.
Apart from a little ranting from some famous, past winners like Dame Kelly Holmes and a flurry of tweets this announcement disappeared into the ether with very little opposition. I tuned into a news item where the presenter interviewing one of the finalists, Dai Green, asked his view on the absence of women. Mr Green tried desperately to be politically correct as he bumbled his way through a justification and then the presenter went on to say ‘well we can’t win really can we cos if we put a woman on the list who would we take off and then we would just be accused of tokenism anyway.’ Give me strength!!
Chrissie Wellington the 4 times world champion of the IronMan triathlon has been cited by many people in the know as a serious omission but this same presenter commented that no one would know who she was if she went on the list anyway. Really? Well forgive me but I am pretty sure not everyone has heard of all 10 male finalists neither and is this a personality or popularity contest?
Everyone seems to be focussing on the individual’s sporting achievements as opposed to their personality? Touché!
It would appear that this shortlist is created by 27 sports editors – now I wonder….. how many women on THAT list?
What messages does this farce project to young girls? Women are no good at sport? Sport is not a place for women? Women do not shine here? It has been a bad year for women in sport? They have no personality? No matter how good you are you will not get recognition anyway?
I would like to think we will all show our distaste for this whole affair by NOT tuning in to the programme on 22 December, I for one will be giving it a wide berth. As far as I am concerned this year the programme should be renamed Sports Man of the Year and be done with it.
Breathe Jane, breathe!