Darren Clarke has indicated that he feels that Joe Calzaghe deserves to win the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Darren who is one of the favourites to win the BBC award has emphasised that he feels that the boxer Calzaghe is more deserving of the award and that he doesn’t want to win it on a “sympathy vote”.
Darren’s heroic effort in this years Ryder Cup team, despite his personal circumstances is the primary reason for his popularity. Unfortunately this is inextricably bound to the untimely death of his wife and it will be difficult for voters to separate the two. I think we should get behind Darren and vote for him. He’s a tremendous sportsman and has shown true mettle this year.
A shortlist of 10 sportspeople will be announced on 4 December – six days before the event, which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC. The public will decide the winner on the night with voting by phone and text during the show.
Nick Faldo was the last golfer to win the award back in his hey day as a golfer in 1989.