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Industry: Thai badminton star Ratchanok wins Fox Sports Asia award

Ratchanok Intanon was named the inaugural Fox Sports Asian Sporting Icon Award, which was decided by online voting.

Ratchanok Intanon was named the inaugural Fox Sports Asian Sporting Icon Award, which was decided by online voting.

January 25, 2013: Thai Badminton star Ratchanok Intanon won the inaugural Fox Sports Asian Sporting Icon Award (A.S.I.A) following four weeks of online voting at www.foxsportsasia.com/ASIA.

 

Last August the 18-year-old, who turns 19 next month, became a national hero with her victory in the BWF World Championships in Guangzhou, China, where she beat World No. 1 Li Xuerui in a gripping final.

 

This month, the teenager won the Asian Sporting Icon Award by beating 15 other Asian athletes shortlisted by a panel from the Fox Sports editorial and news team.

 

A total of 566,855 votes were cast over the four rounds of voting and over 480,000 of those were in the final round when Ratchanok received over 55 per cent of votes followed by Indonesian badminton duo Hendra Setiawan and Mohd Ahsan with over 44 per cent.

 

The subjective nature of the voting process was evident by the fact Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao – Asia’s highest-paid sportsman – and Manchester United and Japan footballer Shinji Kagawa only received 0.36 and 0.24 per cent of the votes respectively.

 

Voting was held from December 16, 2013 until January 12, 2014. The online competition started with 16 athletes in groups of four, with the top two from each group moving to the next round until four progressed to the final ‘match’.

 

One fan won the top prize of an all-expenses-paid trip to watch this year’s French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros, while 22 others won either an iPad Mini or a Nike+ Sportswatch GPS.

 

Fox Sports A.S.I.A nominees:

  • Nicol David (Malaysia) – Squash
  • Jeremy Lin (Taiwan) – Basketball
  • Sachin Tendulkar (India) – Cricket
  • Koji Uehara (Japan) – Baseball
  • Chen Long (China) – Badminton
  • Hendra Setiawan & Mohd Ahsan (Indonesia) – Badminton
  • Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) – Badminton
  • Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) – Badminton
  • Guan Tianlang (China) – Golf
  • Park In-bee (South Korea) – Golf
  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) – Golf
  • Manny Pacquiao (Philippines) – Boxing
  • Shinji Kagawa (Japan) – Football
  • Kim Bo-Kyung (South Korea) – Football
  • Li Na (China) – Tennis
  • Kei Nishikori (Japan) – Tennis

 

Source: Fox Sports Asia

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