The first round of the voting for The World Games Athlete and Team of the Year 2022 will close on 22nd January and determine the finalists: the 10 athletes and 7 teams with the most votes will go through to the final round. Therefore, fans of the sports and athletes have 3 days the time to make sure their favourite stays on the race. Voting takes place on the IWGA website.
23 athletes and 12 teams are fighting for the places on the final round. This final round lasts until 31st January, when the winners and runner-ups will be announced. The three best will receive trophies and prizes.
When voting, The World Games fans can choose their favourite with two clicks. Each participant in the voting can cast votes for the candidates – either Athlete or Team of the Year or both - once per 24 hours on The World Games website. Each time, votes must be given to two candidates. Two votes are awarded to the first-choice candidate and one vote to the second-choice candidate. Fans can vote separately for both the Athlete of the Year and the Team of the Year. The current ranking and the number of votes cast for each candidate will be shown on the IWGA voting page as the voting period progresses.
It is the ninth time that the IWGA has staged a vote for Athlete of the Year.
2013: Marcel Hassemeier (GER), Life Saving
2014: Adam Ondra (CZE), Sport Climbing
2015: Mwai Kumwenda (MAW), Netball
2016: Sofia Olofsson (SWE), Muaythai
2017: Reza Alipourzenashandifar (IRI), Sport Climbing
2018: Marina Chernova & Georgii Pataraia (RUS), Gymnastics
2019: Rani Rampal (IND), Hockey
2022 PR Sreesjeh (IND), Hockey
2020 TWG Greatest Athlete of All Time:
Nicole David (MAS), Squash
The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association, organised with the support of the International Olympic Committee. The World Games 2022 was held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 7-17 July 2022. 3,600 athletes from 34 sports and 100 countries took part in the Games. The 12th edition of The World Games will be held in Chengdu, CHN in 2025.