IAAF has picked nominees ahead of the 2016 Award Night scheduled for Monaco in December.
Communications Department announced that this week marked the beginning of the voting process for the 2016 World Athletes of the Year.
Jamaican Sprint king Usain Bolt, South African Wayde Van Nierkerk, David Rudisha of Kenya and others led the nominations.
10 Male And Female Athletes For IAAF Award
The list of nominees included 10 men and 10 women who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts.
The nominees for 2016 World Athlete in the men category are: Usain Bolt of Jamaica, Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil, Ashton Eaton of U.S.A, Mo Farah of Great Britain.
Also on the list is Kenya’s trio of Eliud Kipchoge, Conselsus Kipruto and David Rudisha. Omar McLeod of Jamaica, Christian Taylor of U.S.A and Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa completes the list.
The women’s category has Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana, Ruth Beitia of Spain, Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya, Kendra Harrison of U.S.A, Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia and Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet.
Others are Sandra Perkovic of Croatia, Caster Semenya of South Africa, Elaine Thompson of Jamaica and Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk.
IAAF Awards Takes 3-Way Voting Format
Voting is set to take a three-way process after which finalists would be decided.
“The IAAF council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF’s social media platforms.
“The IAAF council’s vote will count for 50 per cent of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and public votes will each count for 25 per cent of the final result.’’
3 male and 3 female finalists would be announced at the conclusion of the voting process.
According to the statement, voting closes on Nov.1, and the male and female World Athletes of the year will be announced live on stage at the Awards Night.