BBC planning special award for Manchester United star Marcus Rashford
This comes amidst reports that the player is set to miss out on the network’s prestigious Sports Personality of the Year award (SPOTY).
The United star, often a hero on the pitch, has shown himself to be the same off it as well. His fight against child poverty has been met with appreciation from a number of different backgrounds.
Given his efforts to the social cause, it comes as no surprise that public opinion is overwhelmingly in support of the striker.
There has been a growing clamour for Rashford to be handed the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, with Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham also backing the striker for the award.
The current favourite to win the SPOTY is British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton. There is no question regarding the Mercedes-AMG Petronas’s sporting achievements as he looks set to draw level with Michael Schumacher.
Rashford, however, looks set to miss out on the shortlist because the criteria states it must reflect ‘sporting achievements’.
BBC, meanwhile, may recognize to celebrate Rashford’s efforts in some other capacity. While nothing has been confirmed yet, it would appear that the matter is being given some thought.
“It’s very early days yet in the process, but the organisers have discussed how they can recognise Marcus’s outstanding campaigning efforts this year.”
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The Special Achievement Award has only been handed out on five occasions before. The recipients include jockey Lester Piggott, marathon runner Dennis Moore, comedians David Walliams and Eddie Izzard, and Sebastian Coe (for his part in bringing the 2012 Olympics to London).
Presenting Rashford with the same would ensure he gets his recognition while Hamilton would also get his due for his achievements. It is a win-win for all involved.