Sports short list criticised

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THE chairwoman of a university-based charity which boosts opportunities for women in sport has criticised the all-male short list for its BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.

Dr Elizabeth Pike, who heads the Anita White Foundation at the University of Chichester, says the short list is just ‘the tip of the male-dominated iceberg’.

Her comments come as the UK prepares to showcase its sporting success on a global stage with the London 2012 Games.

Dr Pike, who is head of sport development and management at Chichester, backs up her comments about the BBC event which takes place tomorrow with research that shows there have been just 13 female winners since it began in 1954.

The shortlist is: Mark Cavendish (cycling), Darren Clarke (golf), Alastair Cook (cricket), Luke Donald (golf), Mo Farah (athletics), Dai Greene (athletics), Amir Khan (boxing), Rory McIlroy (golf), Andy Murray (tennis), Andrew Strauss (cricket).