BBC meeting notes demanded by British athlete as Sports Personality of the Year controversy grows

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BBC meeting notes demanded by British athlete as Sports Personality of the Year controversy grows – Gudstory

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Josh Kerr wants to see “minutes of the meeting” from the BBC panel that decided this year’s list of Sports Personality of the Year nominees.

This year’s six-man list for SPOTY has sparked some controversy and sports fans have pointed out some glaring omissions.


The greatest of these was probably Great Britain’s Kerr, who produced one of the highlights of the 2023 game at the World Championships.

The Scottish middle distance runner has the misfortune of competing in the 1500 meters at a time when Ingebrigtsen is breaking all kinds of records.

Josh Kerr defeats Jacob Ingebrigtsen to win gold medal

Josh Kerr defeats Jacob Ingebrigtsen to win gold medal

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But like Jake Wightman in 2022, Kerr stunned the world by besting Ingebrigtsen to win the gold medal at the World Championships.

The Norwegian was favorite to win his first World Championship gold in the 1500 meters following last year’s disappointment.

He had broken the European record just a few months earlier by running almost two seconds faster than Kerr’s personal best time.

But Kerr delivered when it mattered most, taking gold in one of Great Britain’s biggest attractions at the World Championships in Budapest.

Despite his incredible achievement, Kerr was left off the six-person shortlist for this year’s Sports Personality of the Year.

World Athletics president and dual Olympic gold medalist Seb Coe was furious at the insult, writing on X: “No Josh Kerr on the list, are you laughing #spotty?

“World champions at the biggest global sporting event in 2023.”

And Kerr has admitted he would like to find out how the panel decided to exclude him from the nominees.

“I’m in a very cut-and-dried game. You’re fast enough, you run a qualifying time, you get to the event,” he said.

“A lot of things throughout my career have not depended on the judgment of others.

“I’ve always been taught to go out there without any doubt but apparently I’ve left a little doubt in there.

Katrina Johnson-Thompson also won gold and was on the shortlist

Katrina Johnson-Thompson also won gold and was on the shortlist

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“I would love to see the details of the meeting if it ever comes out.

“To be honest, I was hoping that my flights would actually be covered, but I don’t think it will be covered this time!

“But, no, whenever I can come back to the UK, I will come back. It’s a big family time for me.

“It is such a prestigious event and awards that I would love to attend. But I’m still going.

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“I’m going there to represent British Athletics and support KJT [Katarina Johnson-Thompson], I’m not sitting there crying about it. I’m walking out the door and starting my work for the next year.

“KJT made such an amazing comeback from 2019. I was the one who was able to bring home the gold medal for the team, and so was she.

“And for several days. I was only three and a half minutes. I don’t know if it was noticed or not. I’m excited with the hope of helping him win.”

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