Four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington has called on Britain’s leading female athletes to boycott the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Talking to the Telegraph, Wellington said: “They have already invited me but I’m not going to go. I would like it to create a snowball effect because that would mean a message would be sent to them.”
Wellington has led the backlash against the announcement that no woman would be included in this year’s top-ten list (you can read our article on it here). That comes despite the fact that Britain’s women have won world championships in triathlon, swimming, rowing and taekwondo (and a number of the men on the list have failed to reach anywhere near such heights in their respective sports).
“For Gary Lineker to turn round and say that perhaps it hasn’t been a great year for women in sport is simply insulting,” she continued.
“The BBC needs to take responsibility and needs to change the way the voting is constructed by having a panel that is a better cross-section of the sporting population.”