For the second year in a row, Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas was named Female Athlete of the Year International Association of Sports Press (AIPS) America section.
Rojas received the majority of votes from specialist contacts, as well as other female figures in the region such as Elaine Thompson Hera (Jamaica – athletics); Yocasta Valley (Costa Rica boxing); Sofia Granda (Guatemala Bowling); Yasmine Camacho (Puerto Rican athletics), Sandra Arenas (Colombia – athletics) and Neyesi Dagomes (Ecuador – weightlifting).
Among the 15 possible votes, the Venezuelan trio, JJ’s latest world and Olympic record. OO. From Tokyo, he comfortably got eight.
In the men’s branch, Argentine professional soccer player Lionel Messi, who beat American swimmer Caleb Dressel, the five-gold-medal winner at Tokyo 2020.
In team form, the victory went to the Argentine men’s team, which this year won the America’s Cup. In this division, the second place went to the Venezuelan U-23 baseball team, the 2021 major world champion.
Among the other award-winning lines is the Press Center, which was honored on the occasion of the Copa América de Futbol (Brazil) and the World Figure Skating Championships (Colombia).
Twenty-one countries participated in the elections (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela).
The athletes here have been nominated by the national federations. The office, which was transformed into a special commission, examined the merits of 2021 exclusively, before refining the list of candidates and submitting them to the national federations for a final vote.
AIPS America is part of the International Association of Sports Journalists and is made up of national associations of sports journalists representing the countries of the continent.
Yulimar Rojas also won this award last year 2020.
What a wonderful year we had:
Female athlete of the year 2021 voted by sports journalists on the continent by Tweet embed
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– Yulimar Rojas (@TeamRojas45) December 28, 2021
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