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Sir Mo Farah and Dame Jessica Ennis Hill lead BEDSAs


SIR MO Farah and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill lead the nominations at the 3rd Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards.

Farah will go to “head to head” with Saracens and England second row forward, Maro Itoje, Olympic Taekwondo silver medalist, Lutalo Muhamad and two time Olympic rower and gold medal winner at the Rio Olympics, Mohamed Sbihi, for the coveted Sportsman of the Year award.

Commenting on his first ever nomination at the Lycamobile BEDSAs he said, “I am proud to be nominated alongside a great group of sportsmen and women in what was an amazing year for British sport."

The finalists for Sportswoman of the Year award feature London 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Nicola Adams, the 2 time Olympic boxing champion, Kadeena Cox, the Rio Paralympic gold medalist and Olympic Hockey Gold medalist and recent "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here" contestant, Sam Quek.

The awards, which are now in their third year, are organised by Sporting Equals, the national partner of Sport England and advisors to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Sponsored by Lycamobile, the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator, the Awards are leading the way in recognising and celebrating sporting excellence within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

See the list of nominees below:

Lycamobile Sportsman of the Year Award
Sir Mo Farah - Athletics
Mohamed Sbihi - Rowing
Maro Itoje - Rugby Union
Lutalo Muhammad - Taekwando

Sportswoman of the Year Award
Nicola Adams - Boxing
Kadeena Cox - Para Cycling and Athletics
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill - Heptathlon
Sam Quek - Hockey

England Athletics Coach of the Year Award
Chris Hughton - Football
Ottis Gibson - Cricket
Sunil Birdy - Boccia

Youth Sport Trust Young Sportsperson of the Year Award
Haseeb Hameed - Cricket
Harleen Kaur - WMKF Kick Boxing
Alice Tai - Para Swimming

UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year Award
Kadeena Cox - Para Cycling and Athletics
Ruqsana Begum - Muay Thai Kick Boxing
Azeem Rafiq - Cricket

Sir Lenny Henry will host the 3rd Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards at the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Saturday March 18.

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