Sir Chris Hoy to receive BBC lifetime achievement award

Sir Chris Hoy will be honoured at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony - previous winners have included Sir Steve Redgrave and Seve Ballesteros

Sir Chris Hoy and keirin gold, London 2012 Olympic Games, track day six
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Sir Chris Hoy will be honoured with the lifetime achievement award at this Sunday’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony.

The 38-year-old Scot retired from competition last year, having won six Olympic gold medals and 11 world championship titles.

Hoy was named Sports Personality of the Year in 2008, the year in which he won three golds at the Beijing Games, and finished seventh in the voting in 2012 after his final Olympics.

Hoy said of the award: “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.”

Sir Bradley Wiggins, who won SPOTY in 2012 and will look to beat Hoy’s tally of seven Olympic medals in Rio, paid tribute to the Scot.

“He is the marker for everybody else because he was, in some ways, the model athlete off the bike as well as on it,” he told BBC Sport.

“I think he's right up there, not only for British athletes but in terms of world athletes. I put Chris up there with the Usain Bolts of this world.”

On Monday, Geraint Thomas was voted the Welsh Sports Personality of the Year and was handed the award by Wiggins at the Team Sky training camp in Mallorca.

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