Sports Review / Sporting Hero of 2015

by Charlie_East_West on January 4, 2016

Gatlin and Gay from the U.S. and Bolt of Jamaica compete in the men's 100m final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing

Welcome to our sports review & sporting hero award of 2015.

Farewell to 2015 – A sporting year that was dominated by some familiar faces and also some welcome surprises.

The status quo still prevails across many sports with the continued dominance of Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams in tennis, Chris Frome winning his second Tour de France, Lewis Hamilton retaining his F1 title, Usain Bolt proving that the force remained with him (just) from the drug tainted Justin Gatlin and the mighty All Blacks winning back-to-back Rugby World Cups. The surprises come from an Andy Murray inspired Great Britain winning their first Davis Cup since 1936, the emergence of the golfing wunderkid Jordan Spieth winning the US Masters & US Open and narrowly failing to win The Open and USPGA titles.

By the end of 2015, we have also witnessed England reimerging as a world class cricket team having won the Ashes and leading an away series to South Africa. Football continues to be dominated by the pan-European trio of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. The Premier League, while remaining the ultimate sporting cash cow courtesy of Sky Sports continues to indulge itself as a vulgar domestic soap opera but lagging way behind the European footballing aristocrats.

The 2015 sporting year has been inspirational but it has also shown a grubby and tarnished element – FIFA has been engulfed in a corruption scandal and the IAAF has been scandalised by a drugs cover-up scandal. While our sports stars continue to raise the bar in terms of performance, our sports governing bodies are ever increasingly failing to deliver any form of integrity or transparency to govern effectively.

in 2016, we will probably hear a hell of lot more about corruption within sport, but we can also look forward to the Olympics and also Euro 2016 – where England, Wales, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have all qualified. Alas, no Scotland.

The usual suspects will probably continue to shine – Lewis Hamilton, Usain Bolt, Rory McIlroy, Leeds Rhinos, Jordan Spieth, The Big Four in tennis, Spanish and German football teams. So despite the best attempt of those middle aged men in suits trying to fleece money and integrity from the sports we all love, we will remain captivated by the escapism of watching those superstars performing in the arena rather than the committee rooms of sport.

And finally…we are pleased to announce the nominated shortlist for our All That’s Left Sporting Hero of 2015 Award:-

The 2015 shortlist is as follows:-

- Novak Djokovic
- Andy Murray
- Serena Williams
- Usain Bolt
- Jordan Spieth
- Richie McCaw
- Jessica Ennis-Hill
- Dan Carter
- Chris Froome
- Sir Bradley Wiggins
- England Women’s Football Team
- Leeds Rhinos

And the winner of All That’s Left Sporting Hero of the 2015 is…
Usain Bolt.

He came into the 2015 World Athletics Championships in poor form, yet his sport needed him to deliver – and deliver he did. He defeated drugs cheat and 100m favourite Justin Gatlin to win the 100m title by a whisker. Bolt also went on to win the 200m and 100m relay titles.

Athletics is lying in the gutter of doping scandals. Athletics needed Bolt to put some shine on a tarnished sport. Thankfully Bolt came up with the goods. He is currently head and shoulders ahead of everyone else in sporting appeal across the globe. He is a worthy winner of our 2015 sporting hero award.

A happy sporting New Year to you and yours.

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