Nicol David on the cusp of being named greatest athlete of all time


  • Squash
  • Sunday, 31 Jan 2021

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 26, 2018 Malaysia's Nicol Ann David holds up her gold medal during the awards ceremony for the women's singles squash event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. - Eight-time world champion Nicol David has announced she will retire at the end of the 2018-19 squash season, bringing down the curtain on the Malaysian's illustrious career, David said in a statement posted late February 18 on the website of the Professional Squash Association, the sport's governing body. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians can still count on Datuk Nicol David to bring us some cheer in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The squash great is on the verge of being hailed as the World Games' Greatest Athlete of All Time as she holds a massive lead in an online poll.

The 37-year-old is the only candidate from Asia and has amassed over 276,000 votes as of 2pm on Sunday (Jan 31), with just one more day before voting ends at 9pm on Monday (Feb 1).

Nicol has a commanding lead, with a 150,000-vote advantage over the athlete in second place.

In second place is powerlifter Larysa Soloviova from Ukraine with over 121,000 votes and in third place, tug of war athlete James Kehoe from Ireland with over 114,000 votes.

Nicol, the eight-time world champion, reigned as the world’s number one for nine years and is one of 23 candidates shortlisted for the awards in the poll to pick the best athlete of all sports from the World Games’ 40-year history (from 1981 to 2017).

The online poll can be accessed at www.theworldgames.org/awards/The-World-Games-Greatest-Athlete-of-All-Time-81

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