PETALING JAYA: Malaysian squash legend Datuk Nicol David (pic) is now in the illustrious company of GOATs.
The World Games have nominated the 37-year-old Penangite in their Greatest Athlete of All Time list as voting for the award started on Friday.
Nicol is the only Malaysian and Asian to be on the list, which has 24 past and present athletes from different sports nominated by their international federations.
Some of them include Swedish archer Morgan Lundin, the Brazilian women’s beach handball team, Russian gymnastics legend Evgeniya Kanaeva, Dutch Jiu-Jitsu exponent Rob Haans and Sweden’s muaythai world champion Sofia Olofsson.
Nicol won three gold medals and a bronze at The World Games between 2005 and 2017. She also boast eight World Championship titles and an unprecedented nine-year reign as world No. 1.
Nicol was appointed United Nations development programme ambassador for Malaysia in 2002, and she has set up her own foundation to enable young girls to take up a sport as a tool to help them realise their full potential.
On Jan 20, the 10 candidates with the most votes will continue in the race. The World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time will be crowned on Feb 1.
To vote for Nicol, copy and paste this link: https://www.theworldgames.org/awards/The-World-Games-Greatest-Athlete-of-All-Time-81 and look for Nicol David in the list.
The World Games is a multi-sports event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee.
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