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Belfast to host SPOTY

Published 29/04/2015 | 14:51

The BBC sports personality of the year for 2014 was Lewis Hamilton, centre, ahead of Rory McIlroy, right, and Jo Pavey
The BBC sports personality of the year for 2014 was Lewis Hamilton, centre, ahead of Rory McIlroy, right, and Jo Pavey

The BBC's sports personality of the year show will take place in Belfast for the first time later this year, it has been announced.

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Golf's world No 1 Rory McIlroy, runner-up to Lewis Hamilton in 2014, has welcomed the announcement saying: " Belfast has shown over the past few years that it can hold massive events like the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. I think it will be huge, Belfast has been crying out for events like this, and in the years since the Millennium, Belfast has grown into a really vibrant city."

The event on Sunday December 20 will take place at The Odyssey Arena which seats an audience of 8,000.

Northern Ireland's most likely winner is McIlroy, who finished second to Formula One world champion Hamilton in last year's awards despite winning back-to-back major tournaments.

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