Gareth Southgate is in the studio for a chat about Euro 2020:
An incredible journey. After all you spend the months afterwards interested by what might need been, then you definitely mirror on the unimaginable job the gamers did. We took the entire nation with us for a quantity of weeks. They did a superb job. We’ve acquired that good second as a group the place we all know we’re progressing. They’ve seen what’s potential and acquired shut sufficient for that to gas their starvation, however they haven’t acquired there but. We’re in the combine [for next year’s World Cup], however we’ve acquired to be at our greatest. The competitors’s actually tight, however we will.
The Helen Rollason award, given every year “for excellent achievement in the face of adversity”, is offered to Arsenal’s Jen Beattie, who has come by way of breast most cancers over the final yr.
Subsequent up, Tom Daley. He has buttoned up his shirt since the crimson carpet.
I’ve by no means met him, however I do suppose he appears a genuinely distinctive character, have to be an inspiration to many, and can be a deserving winner of tonight’s huge prize. Right here’s some of what he needed to say:
To win the gold this yr with Matty was a dream come true and one thing I assumed was by no means going to occur to me. It’s been an extended journey nevertheless it’s one I’m very proud of. Matty’s one of my finest associates. It’s one of these superb issues, to undergo the Olympic journey with another person. I used to be a blubbering mess on the podium. I actually couldn’t even breathe. To have the ability to share that second with one of your finest associates is fairly particular.
To have the ability to say that I’m a homosexual man who was in a position to compete in the Olympic Video games and was comfy to try this … For me, I feel there’s been so many inspiring folks this yr. Females in sport, Sky Brown for little youngsters, and for me and different LGBT sportspeople I feel it’s actually necessary we make sport inclusive to everybody.
Raducanu says 2022 “might be my very first yr on the tour”, a reminder of simply how ludicrous her US Open win was. Additional studying:
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Emma Raducanu, who’s self-isolating in an Abu Dhabi lodge after testing constructive for covid, joins us by videolink. She appears nicely.
It’s fairly surreal. I’ve at all times watched Sports Personality and simply to be nominated is an actual honour. I really feel the similar and everybody close to me is unquestionably the similar and maintaining me in my place, 100%. Nothing’s actually modified. My dad and mom by no means make an enormous deal out of something I try this’s good. They’ve been regular, nothing too huge, nothing too low, that’s the manner they’ve introduced me up.
Tyson Fury is the first competitor for the night’s predominant concerned who is just not current for the ceremony. Fury is of course a famous Spoty-sceptic: “It means nothing to me and I don’t want it or need it,” he stated final yr. “Actually, they are going to hear from my solicitors in the event that they do put me on the listing. Give it to somebody who wants it. I don’t. We all know who the sports activities persona of the yr is anyway – it’s me. I’m the sports activities persona.”
Jude Bellingham at the very least acquired to see his household, in order that’s one thing.
Brown appears overcome. Bellingham appears to be questioning if he actually needed to journey all the manner from Dortmund for a 30-second interview and an try to look dignified in defeat. The winner says:
I wish to encourage the world, particularly little ladies, and train them that skateboarding is for everybody. And I wish to get two gold medals from Paris for Nice Britain!
Award incoming! The three finalists for the Younger Sportsperson of the Year award are in he stadio: Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund and England, Paralympic swimmer Ellie Challis and13-year-old Olympic bronze medal-winning skateboarder Sky Brown.
Sarah Storey is subsequent in. A genuinely sensible athlete and mom – right here’s what she says of her youngsters deciding what she ought to do in Tokyo:
We’ve at all times had them massively concerned with what I do. They arrive to all of my races, once we’re in the UK we’re in the motorhome, they assist get issues prepared. They’ve been massively concerned. So when it got here to that selection of whether or not I’m going for all three occasions or simply the street race, they needed to be concerned. They didn’t realise how lengthy I’d be away, however I’m by no means doing that once more and I’ve made them that promise.
If you wish to learn extra, Donald McRae interviewed her earlier this month:
Adam Peaty is, nevertheless, current in particular person. He has a chat with Gary Lineker and Gabby Logan, and really spectacular he’s too. Right here he’s on lockdown:
In all probability one of the hardest moments of my life, which is why I get emotional seeing moments like [his Olympics success]. Attending to these lane ropes was nearly closing a chapter. The funding of time, love, vitality, sport takes every thing from you and I give every thing. It was so robust, so robust.
With no in-studio viewers, a quantity of sportspeople are nearly attending on an enormous Zoom-style display factor. It’s not perfect, nevertheless it’s higher than nothing.
Six minutes in, time for an additional video montage. This one’s an Olympic particular.
The ceremony has formally begun, as it’s going to (most likely) finish – with a slow-motion video montage. Fairly a superb one, I need to admit.
The Emma Raducanu of the Year award is just not the solely honour on provide this night. Tonight’s different awards are:
- Younger Emma Raducanu of the Year
- Helen Rollason award
- Unsung Hero
- Lifetime Achievement (Simone Biles is getting this one)
- World Sport Star of the Year (shortlist: Saul Alvarez, Rachael Blackmore, Tom Brady, Novak Djokovic, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Max Verstappen)
- Crew of the Year
- Coach of the Year
We child, clearly. There are different contenders for the Emma Raducanu of the Year award, and they’re:
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Tom Daley is nominated for utterly Raducanuing the synchronised 10m platform diving, alongside aspect Matty Lee, at the Tokyo Olympics, earlier than shedding sizzling, salty tears of pleasure at the medal ceremony. And likewise for knitting.
Tyson Fury Raducanued the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas in October by preventing Deontay Wilder for the third time and beating him for the second, twice clambering off the canvas earlier than dropping his opponent in the eleventh spherical.
Adam Peaty overcame a suspicious moustache to win two gold medals and a bonus silver at the Tokyo Olympics, persevering with his ludicrous domination of the 100m breaststroke in the course of.
Raheem Sterling was one of England’s excellent gamers as they reached the last of 2021’s Euro 2020, scoring three objectives in the course of, earlier than the group misplaced on penalties to Italy at Wembley.
Storey expanded her ludicrously outsized assortment of Paralympic gold medals to 17 – seventeen – with one other three in Tokyo, and took her total medal rely to twenty-eight in the course of.
Are any of them extra deserving of the award than Emma Raducanu? Time alone will inform!
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Greetings and welcome to the Guardian’s live protection of the BBC Emma Raducanu of the Year awards! Who might presumably win this hotly-contested prize? Let’s take a look at the shortlist:
Emma Raducanu of the Year contender No1: Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu turned the first British lady to win a grand slam title since Virginia Wade in 1977, and the first qualifier, when she gained the US Open in ludicrously stylish model in September.
So, there’s your full listing of contenders for the night’s predominant prize. Who might presumably win? Don’t miss the subsequent couple of hours of assured uncertainty and drama!
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