The traditional The World Games Athlete of the Year vote will take place in January, as in previous years. There will again be online voting, open to all sports fans, to find and crown the Athlete of the Year at the end of January. This year, however, there are some new rules.
The World Games is an event where athletes from different sports have the opportunity to meet and see each other compete. Friendships are built across the boundaries of sports, and The Games offer an opportunity to showcase one’s own sport to others. To bring the family closer together, and to get to know each other better, it has been decided that this year all voters shall vote at the same time for two candidates: they will give one candidate two votes, and another candidate one vote. As in previous years, votes can be given once per 24 hours – but this year for two candidates at the same time!
The other change is the timetable: this year the voting starts on 8th January – instead of the 1st – and ends on 30th January. As previously, there will be a fixed date after which only the best 10 candidates will continue in the race, and this date is 20th January.
This year there will be 25 candidates from 25 sports and 18 countries in The World Games Athlete of the Year vote. Voting begins at 09:00 CET on 8th January 2020 and ends on Thursday, 30 January 2020 at 15 CET. Last year, the Acrobatic Gymnastics couple Mariia Chernova & Georgii Pataraia (RUS) won the title with 159,348 votes, ahead of the American Powerlifter Jennifer Thompson with 152,865 votes.
The World Games Athlete of the Year 2019 Rules
The names of the candidates for the World Games Athlete of the Year 2019 will be published on 7th January 2020.
Voting begins at 09:00 CET on 8th January 2020.
From Monday 20th January 2020 at 16:00 CET, only the10 highest ranked candidates at that time will continue in the race. They will keep the votes earned by then.
Voting ends on Thursday 30th January 2020 at 15:00 CET.
The winner and runners-up will be announced on 30th January 2020.
You can give your votes to the candidates on The World Games website once per 24 hours. Votes must be given each time to two candidates: 2 votes to your first-choice candidate and 1 vote to your second-choice candidate. If you try to give votes to one candidate only, the votes will not be registered.
The numbers of votes cast for each candidate will be visible throughout the campaign.
All voters shall act in accordance with fair play in sport. The IWGA will scrutinise the voting process closely, and any anomalies that appear will be investigated. Any conduct that is against the sporting spirit may result in consequences.
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.