Lausanne, Switzerland, January 21, 2021: Malaysian sports hero Nicol David is leading the way in the race to be named World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time at the first cut-off point in voting on January 20.
The retired eight-time world champion from Penang held a convincing lead with 200,043 votes, but there are still 12 days to go to the February 1 close.
Russian sumo wrestler Batyr Altyev was in second place with 89,969 votes – over 110,000 votes behind the multiple Asian Games squash champion.
The poll is being organised by the International World Games Association to find the greatest athlete in World Games sports outside of the Olympic Games programme.
Nicol is a three-time World Games champion in four appearances from 2005-2017 and was the only Asian athlete in the first list of 24 candidates nominated by international sports federations.
Voting began on January 8 and 760,000 have already been cast.
Nothing is over yet for any of the 10 athlete legends, as long as their fans keep on voting. All sports fans can vote online for their favourite once per 24 hours.
The three best candidates will receive a trophy, a diploma and a branded gift from the official sponsor Protective Life. The winner will be announced on February 1.
The top 10 from the original list of 24 will continue into the final round of voting: Nicol David - Squash, 200,043; Batyr Altyev - Sumo, 89,969; James Kehoe - Tug of War, 45,710; Sofia Olofsson - Muaythai, 43,272; Paola Longoria - Racquetball, 41,239; Marcel Hassemeier - Lifesaving, 40,474; Fabriana Arias - Roller Sports – 36,116; Evgeniya Kanaeva - Gymnastics, 24,159; Larysa Soloviova - Powerlifting, 23,943; Gabrielle Goffredo and Anna Matus - DanceSport, 18,313.