10 continue in Athlete of the Year race

10 continue in Athlete of the Year race

After a first round of voting tighter than ever before, the 10 candidates with most votes now continue the race towards becoming The World Games Athlete / Team of the Year 2019.

This year, all candidates received massive support from their fans. The voting only began on 8th January, but already by 20th January at 16:00 CET, 449,157 votes have been cast (149,719 single voting times). The candidates just missing the cut to the final are the incredible 12-year-old Drone racer Wanraya Wannapong (THA) with 10,995 votes, Kickboxing star Vladislav Tuinov (RUS, 10,021) and Team Netherlands in Tug of War (9,844).

This is the 6th time that the IWGA is running the race for the Athlete of the Year. The award honours an athlete or a team for their outstanding performance in 2019, or for their social commitment or particularly fair behaviour. The winners will receive trophies and prizes from Protective Life. Protective Life is the official sponsor of The World Games Athlete of the Year.

This year, voting began at 09:00 CET on 8th January and will end at 15:00 CET on Thursday 30th January 2020.

All candidates at 20 January 16:00 CET:

  1. Rani (Hockey, IND) 109,179
  2. Stanislav Horuna (Karate, UKR) 62,628
  3. Rhaea Stinn (Powerlifting, CAN) 29,689
  4. Janja Garnbret (Sport Climbing, SLO) 22,401
  5. Davide Donati & Michela Castoldi (Gymnastics, ITA) 20,739
  6. Armen Tsaturyan & Svetlana Gudyno (DanceSport, RUS) 14,946
  7. Mateus Kuntzler (Fistball, BRA) 11,922
  8. Team Finland (Flying Disc) 11,709
  9. U19 Team Czech Republic (Floorball) 11,652
  10. Sara Lopez (Archery, COL) 11,607
  11. Wanraya Wannapong (Air Sports, THA) 10,995
  12. Vladislav Tuinov (Kickboxing, RUS) 16 10,021
  13. Netherlands (Tug of War) 9,844
  14. Stacey Porter (Baseball/Softball, AUS) 9,698
  15. Christian Tissier (Aikido, FRA) 9,554
  16. Maria Rodriguez (Bowling, COL) 9,548
  17. Madison Copeland (Lacrosse, AUS) 9,412
  18. Paola Longoria (Racquetball, MEX) 9,411
  19. Nic Rapa (Waterski&Wakeboard, AUS) 9,300
  20. Katerina Mrazova (Roller Sports, CZE) 9,194
  21. Jimmy Vienot (Muaythai, FRA) 9,146
  22. Brazil (Beach Handball) 9,144
  23. Mads Pedersen (Canoe, DEN) 9,143
  24. Pavel Kabanov (Finswimming, RUS) 9,139
  25. Tove Alexandersson (Orienteering, SWE) 9,136


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 The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 15-25 July 2021. 3,600 athletes from over 30 sports and 100 countries will take part in the Games.

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