Just who will be the 2022 BBC Sports Personality of the Year?

2022 BBC Sports Personality of the Year

2022 promises to be another exciting year of sport. Major events are already beginning to take place and the excitement is guaranteed for virtually all year. That’s because the 2022 World Cup doesn’t finish until a week before Christmas Day. Just who should we bet on to be the BBC Sports Personality of the Year?

It’s probably best to leave English cricketers out of any discussions. A side that can’t even reach 300 in an Ashes series is not going to win Team of the Year or any individual awards, are they? Perhaps a sympathy vote for a batsman (batter is what you put on fish) hitting a half-century might get some votes.

Current favourite is Lewis Hamilton who is 6/1 at Bet365. Considering there’s still the possibility that he might not even race this year, this is a wait and see bet. He was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2020 so he does have to be considered. If he was to regain his title, then that would put him in contention.

The 2022 awards are likely to take place just days after the World Cup final. A run to the final by a home nation would greatly influence the voting for this award. Harry Kane is 14/1 at Paddy Power but it all depends on what happens in Qatar. He’s hardly likely to win anything for his performances at Tottenham. Raheem Sterling is 25/1 at the same bookies.

Other Contenders

It’s going to be a big year for boxing, especially in the heavyweight division. Tyson Fury may hate these awards but he’s only 12/1 at Bet365 and it’s a fifth the odds for a top three finish. If he could beat the winner of Joshua (25/1) and Usyk, then he has a chance to win the award. If Joshua can beat Usyk and then Fury, then he might well deserve to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The 2021 award went to Emma Raducanu, someone no one would have considered this time last year. It’s not gone too well for her since winning the US Open though. She’d probably have to win another Grand Slam to win the award again.

Andy Murray is 80/1 and ahead of much higher ranked British tennis players Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans. Murray winning major titles this year would be emotional successes but it’s unlikely to happen.

Someone at Paddy Power must be a fan of Zoe Aldcroft. The English rugby player is 12/1 with them but not even in the betting at Bet365. Aldcroft would be a good bet only if England were to win the World Cup this year.

Katie Ormerod is 20/1 at Paddy Power. A gold medal for the snowboarder at the Winter Olympics would help. Would we have forgotten about her come December?

It’s not an easy market to bet on but Hamilton is an interesting contender. Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua are both decent bets too. It’s a market that will fluctuate throughout the year though, so one to keep a close eye on.