Nicol sole Asian in contention for ‘The World Games’ Greatest Athlete Of All Time’


KUALA LUMPUR – Former national squash icon Datuk Nicol David (picture) is the sole Asian candidate in the contention for The World Games’ Greatest Athlete of All Time.

The 37-year-old Penangite, who had an unprecedented nine-year reign as the world’s number one, will now have to compete in the online poll against 23 other candidates representing various sports from all editions of the World Games’ 40-year history (from 1981 to 2017).

The candidates were nominated by their international sports federations.

The public can vote for the eight-time world champion at the

On Jan 20, the 10 candidates with the most votes will continue in the race, while the World Games’ Greatest Athlete of All Time will be crowned on Feb 1.

“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: two votes to your first-choice candidate and one vote to your second-choice candidate.

‘’If you try to give votes to one candidate only, the votes will not be registered,” according to The World Games.

As of Saturday 9pm, Nicol led the poll with higher votes compared to candidates from muay thai, gymnastics, roller sports, powerlifting, archery, handball and sumo.