25 candidates when voting opens tomorrow
25 candidates – a number equalling the record from last year – from 25 sports have been nominated by their international federations to compete in the online voting for The World Games Athlete of the Year 2019.
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.
This year, voting begins at 09:00 CET on 8th January and ends at 15:00 CET on Thursday 30th January 2020. As before there will be a fixed date, after which only the 10 candidates with most votes at that time will continue in the race, and this date is 20th January.
As in previous years, votes can be cast once in every 24 hours. As a new rule this year, all voters must vote for two candidates at the same time, giving one candidate two votes and another candidate one vote. It is hoped that this will bring The World Games family closer to each other, by introducing the athletes to more than just their ‘own’ fans. The athletes’ list on the voting page will be in random order, with the order changed each day, in order to avoid the same candidates always getting the second votes.
Last year, the Acrobatic Gymnastics couple Mariia Chernova & Georgii Pataraia (RUS) won the title with 159,348 votes, just ahead of the American Powerlifter Jennifer Thompson with 152,865 votes. All in all a record number of votes, 492,104, were cast in last year’s race. The winners will receive trophies and prizes from the official sponsor Protective Life.
Candidates for The World Games Athlete of the Year 2019:
Baseball - Softball
Armen Tsaturyan & Svetlana Gudyno
U19 Team Czech Republic
Davide Donati & Michela Castoldi
Tug of war
Waterski & Wakeboard
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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.