Sir Chris Hoy wins BBC lifetime achievement award

Sir Chris Hoy. Picture: Neil Hanna
Sir Chris Hoy. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Sir Chris Hoy is to be honoured at Sunday’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The city-born cycling champion and Britain’s most successful Olympian will receive a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony in Glasgow.

Sir Chris, who recently became a father, will join the ranks of sporting greats Sir Steve Redgrave and Seve Ballesteros who previously received the honour.

The 38-year-old retired last year after capping his cycling career with a fifth and sixth Olympic gold at London 2012.

It was following a hat-trick of medals at the Beijing games in 2008 that he was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The awards are being hosted in Scotland for the first time this year. Rory McIlroy and Lewis Hamilton will battle it out to win the prestigious title at the SSE Hydro after being confirmed among the shortlist of ten contenders.

Sir Chris said: “It’s a huge honour to be receiving the lifetime achievement award.

“I never thought I’d see my name alongside the likes of Sir Steve Redgrave, David Beckham, Seve Ballesteros and others who’ve received this incredible honour, and it makes it even more special to be receiving the award in 
Scotland.”

McIlroy is odds-on favourite to become the first golfer to win the award since Nick Faldo in 1989 after landing two majors.

Hamilton’s second Formula One world title makes him a strong contender.