But how on earth can the organisers choose between worthy names such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Lord Sebastian Coe, Sir Roger Bannister
, Dame Kelly Holmes or Daley Thompson?
TOMORROW: Chaka Khan, singer, 60, pictured; Sir Roger Bannister
, first four-minute miler, 84; Barry Cryer, writer/comedian, 78; Michael Nyman, composer, 69; Alan Bleasdale, playwright, 67; Amanda Plummer, actress, 56; Sir Steve Redgrave, retired Olympic rower, 51; Marti Pellow, singer, 48; Damon Albarn, singer (Blur and Gorillaz), 45; Mike Atherton, former cricketer, 45; Gail Porter, TV presenter, 42; Joe Calzaghe, boxer, 41; Sir Chris Hoy, six-time Olympic champion track cyclist, 37; Princess Eugenie of York, 23.
He is best remembered as one of the pacemakers who helped Sir Roger Bannister
become the first person to break the four-minute mile, but went on to carve a successful athletics career himself and became the BBC's first Sports Personality of the Year.