IFMA is proud to announce that one of our champions has been nominated by The World Games to compete for the prestigious Athlete of the Year competition. Voting opens in January, read on to find out  how you can support Muaythai!

A record number of candidates, 25, will be competing for The World Games Athlete of the Year 2018 title. The online voting will start on January 1, follow instruction on The World Games website here to vote. 

The 25 candidates from 25 The World Games sports have been proposed by their international federations based on extraordinary achievements in 2018 or for several years. Everyone can vote once per day during January for their candidate online.

After the first round, lasting until 15th January, the ten athletes or teams with the highest ranking will move into the final. These candidates will take the votes already cast into the final round. The winner will then be determined on 31st January at midnight UCT. The World Games honours the new Athlete of the Year with a trophy and a high-quality engraved wrist-watch from Tissot.

Last year, Sport Climbing World Record holder and The World Games 2017 champion, Reza Alipourshenazandifar (IRI) won the Athlete of the Year title with 90,790 votes just before Powerlifter legend Larysa Soloviova (UKR) with 90,036 votes.


All The World Games Athlete of the Year 2018 candidates :

Svetlana Vinnikova (RUS) Muaythai   IFMA record   Svetlana on Instagram

Tove Alexandersson (SWE) Orienteering

Rudi Browning (AUS) Air Sports

Burkina Faso, Women’s team (BUR) Floorball

Marina Chernova &Georgii Pataraia (RUS) Gymnastics

Nour El Tayeb & Ali Farag (EGY) Squash

Renato Filippin (SUI) Aikido

Dominique Fontenette (USA) Flying Disc

Janja Garnbret (SLO) Sport Climbing

Germany Men’s Canoe Polo team (GER) Canoe

Greece Women’s team (GRE) Beach Handball

Ke Leng (CAM) Boules Sports

Sara Lopez (COL) Archery

Luca Lucaroni (ITA) Roller Sports

Sananzade Orfan (UKR) Kickboxing

Anna Poliakova (RUS) Sumo

Sandra Sanchez (ESP) Karate

Petra Senanszky (HUN) Underwater Sports

Suzanne Struik (NED) Korfball

Switzerland Men’s U23 team (SUI) Tug of War

Patrick Thomas (GER) Fistball

Jennifer Thompson (USA) Powerlifting

Maximiliano Ulloa (USA) Ju-jitsu

USA Men’s team (USA) Lacrosse

Dmitry Zharkov & Olga Kulikova (RUS) DanceSport


Read more about The World Games Athlete of the Year competition.

Check back on January 1st to this website and also to all the IFMA social media for voting links.

Thank you for your support Muaythai Family!

More info:  IFMA Facebook   IFMA Instagram IFMA Twitter  or watch Svetlana compete on the IFMA YouTube channel.