Athlete of the Year voting open

Athlete of the Year voting open

The online voting for The World Games Athlete of the Year 2018 has now been opened! A record number of candidates, 25, are competing for the title. Last year, Sport Climbing World Record holder and The World Games 2017 champion, Reza Alipourshenazandifar (IRI) won the Athlete of the Year title with 90,790 votes just before Powerlifter legend Larysa Soloviova (UKR) with 90,036 votes.

The 25 candidates from 25 The World Games sports have been proposed by their international federations based on extraordinary achievements in 2018 or for several years. Everyone can now vote once per day during January for their candidate online.

After the first round, lasting until 15th January, the ten athletes or teams with the highest ranking will move into the final. These candidates will take the votes already cast into the final round. The winner will then be determined on 31st January at midnight UCT.

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All The World Games Athlete of the Year 2018 candidates in alphabetical order (by surname):

Tove Alexandersson (SWE) Orienteering

Rudi Browning (AUS) Air Sports

Burkina Faso, Women’s team (BUR) Floorball

Marina Chernova &Georgii Pataraia (RUS) Gymnastics

Nour El Tayeb & Ali Farag (EGY) Squash

Renato Filippin (SUI) Aikido

Dominique Fontenette (USA) Flying Disc

Janja Garnbret (SLO) Sport Climbing

Germany Men’s Canoe Polo team (GER) Canoe

Greece Women’s team (GRE) Beach Handball

Ke Leng (CAM) Boules Sports

Sara Lopez (COL) Archery

Luca Lucaroni (ITA) Roller Sports

Sananzade Orfan (UKR) Kickboxing

Anna Poliakova (RUS) Sumo

Sandra Sanchez (ESP) Karate

Petra Senanszky (HUN) Underwater Sports

Suzanne Struik (NED) Korfball

Switzerland Men’s U23 team (SUI) Tug of War

Patrick Thomas (GER) Fistball

Jennifer Thompson (USA) Powerlifting

Maximiliano Ulloa (USA) Ju-jitsu

USA Men’s team (USA) Lacrosse

Svetlana Vinnikova (RUS) Muaythai

Dmitry Zharkov & Olga Kulikova (RUS) DanceSport

 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.