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post Jul 17 2019, 09:23 PM
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Welcome to the World Cup of Sportspeople! With the Women's Football World Cup in full swing just finished and the Men's World Cup being a resounding success last year, we'll be following on with a tournament, not of countries, but of the sports-men and women themselves. This contest is designed to select the greatest sportspeople from each continent through a number of rounds, selecting the best of the best, and pitting them together to show who we really think is the best sportsperson of them all!

This is the Voting stage for Asia. We received 96 different nominations in all - taking away our auto-qualifiers, Shane Warne and Margaret Court, this gives us two groups of 47 players*. Here's how this stage is going to work.

- You can vote for up to 25 sportspeople, but you must vote for at least 10.
- You must rank your votes in order of preference, either by numbering or by the standard Buzzjack +25, +24 ... +1 (Or down to however many you vote for)
- You must vote for sportspeople from at least three different sports
- You must vote for at least one male and one female sportsperson.
- Each sportsperson has been given a short description of their major achievements to make it easier for you to make up your mind.
- Due to the clerical error regarding the auto-qualifier, only the six sportspeople with the most votes in each group will advance to the Final. The seventh-placed person with the most points across the groups will also advance, whilst the rest of the Top 10 will advance to the Intercontinental Playoffs. Everyone else will be booted out.

*Group 1 is slightly smaller as a result of some nominated sportspeople being ineligible:
Ahn Hyun-Soo (aka Victor An) is ineligible as he most recently skated for Russia


Group 1
Majed Abdullah (Saudi Arabia - Football - Won Asian Footballer of the Year 3 times, Saudi top scorer 6 times)
Skahib Al Hasan (Bangladesh - Cricket - Ranked first as an all rounder for 10 years, highest individual score by a Bangladeshi in tests)
Richie Benaud (Australia - Australia's Test Captain 1958-64, first player to reach 200 wickets and 2000 runs)
Jack Brabham (Australia - Formula One - Won three Championships and 14 Grand Prix races)
David Campese (Australia - Rugby - Won 1991 Rugby World Cup with Australia, set a world record of 64 Test tries)
Tony David (Australia - Darts - Won 2002 Embassy World Championship)
Aravinda De Silva (Sri Lanka - Cricket - Won 1996 Cricket World Cup with Sri Lanka)
Kapil Dev (India - Cricket - Led India to win the 1983 Cricket World Cup, held record for the greatest number of wickets taken in Test Cricket)
Evonne Goolagong Crawley (Australia - Tennis - Won 14 Grand Slam titles)
Grant Hackett (Australia - Swimming - Won three Olympic golds, 10 World Championship golds)
Lleyton Hewitt (Australia - Tennis 3 - Won two Grand Slam titles, 30 career titles)
Merv Hughes (Australia - Cricket - Represented Australia in 53 Test Matches, taking 212 wickets)
Xing Huina (China - Athletics - Won gold in the 2004 Olympics)
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka - Named in 2006 as the best international captain of the year, made highest ever score by a Sri Lankan in Test Cricket)
Park Ji Sung (South Korea - Football - Won 19 trophies in his career, including the Champions League)
Alan Jones (Australia - Formula One - Won one Championship, won 12 Grand Prix races)
Shane Kelly (Australia - Cycling - Won three World Championship Golds)
Sam Kerr (Australia - Football - All-time Top Scorer in the National Womens' Soccer League)
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan - Cricket - Captain of the Afghan National Team, youngest player to take 100 wickets)
Sushil Kumar (India - Wrestling - Won 2010 World Title, won Silver at the 2012 Olympics)
Anil Kumble (India - Cricket - Third-highest wicket taker of all time)
Rod Laver (Australia - Tennis - Won 11 Grand Slam singles titles, 200 Career titles)
Dennis Lillee (Australia - Became record holder for most Test wickets)
Anna Meares (Australia - Cycling - Two Olympic golds, 11 World Championship golds)
Wang Meng (China - Speed Skating - 4 Olympic golds, 18 World Championship golds)
Muttiah Murtalitharan (Sri Lanka - Cricket - Highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, held the number 1 player ranking for a record 1,711 days)
Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan - Football - 1997 Asian Player of the Year, played for Japan in three World Cup tournaments)
Takeichi Nishi (Japan - Show Jumping - 1932 Olympic gold)
Greg Norman (Australia - Golf - Won Open Championship twice, 88 professional wins)
Naomi Osaka (Japan - Tennis - Won two Grand Slam titles, first Asia to hold top ranking in singles)
Manny Pacquiao (Phillipines - Boxing - Won 61 of 70 fights, eight-division world champion)
Nova Peris (Australia - Athletics/Hockey - Won 3 Olympic Golds and the 1994 Hockey World Cup)
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia - Formula One - Won 7 Grand Slam races)
Neil Robertson (Australia - Snooker - Won 2010 World Championship, was World Number 1 in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015)
Takuma Sato (Japan - Motor Racing - 4 IndyCar wins)
Rahmat Shah (Afghanistan - Cricket - Played in Afghanistan's first Test Match)
Samantha Stosur (Australia - Tennis - Won three Grand Slams in doubles, 26 career wins)
PT Usha (India - Athletics - 4 Asian Games golds, 14 Asian Championship golds)
Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka - Cricket - Holds record for best bowling figure in ODI history)
Mark Viduka (Australia - Football - Captained Australia National Team, most goals by an Australian in the Champions League)
James Wattana (Thailand - Snooker - Won three Ranking Tournaments, highest World Ranking was 3)
Mark Waugh (Australia - Cricket - First batsman to score three centuries in the Cricket World Cup, 1999 leading Australian runscorer)
Simon Whitloc (Australia - Darts - Won 2012 European Championship)
Liu Xiang(China - Athletics - 2004 Olympic Gold, three Asian Games golds)
Yang Yang (A) (China - Speed Skating - Two Olympic golds, 28 World Championship golds)
Sun Yang (China - Swimming - 3 Olympic golds, 9 World Championship golds)
Waqar Younis (Pakistan - Cricket - Youngest bowler to take 400 wickets)

The deadline is 23:59 Monday 23rd July. Get voting!
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post Jul 17 2019, 09:25 PM
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Copy-paste list without links:

Majed Abdullah
Skahib Al Hasan
Richie Benaud
Jack Brabham
David Campese
Tony David
Aravinda De Silva
Kapil Dev
Evonne Goolagong Crawley
Grant Hackett
Lleyton Hewitt
Merv Hughes
Xing Huina
Mahela Jayawardene
Park Ji Sung
Alan Jones
Shane Kelly
Sam Kerr
Rashid Khan
Sushil Kumar
Anil Kumble
Rod Laver
Dennis Lillee
Anna Meares
Wang Meng
Muttiah Murtalitharan
Hidetoshi Nakata
Takeichi Nishi
Greg Norman
Naomi Osaka
Manny Pacquiao
Nova Peris
Daniel Ricciardo
Neil Robertson
Takuma Sato
Rahmat Shah
Samantha Stosur
PT Usha
Chaminda Vaas
Mark Viduka
James Wattana
Mark Waugh
Simon Whitloc
Liu Xiang
Yang Yang (A)
Sun Yang
Waqar Younis
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post Jul 19 2019, 12:44 PM
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+ 25
Rod Laver
Grant Hackett
Evonne Goolagong Crawley
Lleyton Hewitt
Liu Xiang
Sun Yang
Naomi Osaka
Mark Viduka
James Wattana
Mark Waugh
Hidetoshi Nakata
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25pts - Muttiah Muralitharan
24 Anil Kumble
23 Kapil Dev
22 Rod Laver
21 Dennis Lillee
20 Jack Brabham
19 Richie Benaud
18 Waqar Younis
17 Greg Norman
16 David Campese
15 Mahela Jayawardene
14 Mark Waugh
13 Liu Xiang
12 Shakib Al Hasan
11 Anna Meares
10 Evonne Goolagong Cawley
9 Lleyton Hewitt
8 Chaminda Vaas
7 Samantha Stosur
6 Rashid Khan
5 Naomi Osaka
4 Manny Pacquiao
3 Grant Hackett
2 Wang Meng
1 Neil Robertson
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Jack Brabham (Australia - Formula One - Won three Championships and 14 Grand Prix races)
Manny Pacquiao (Phillipines - Boxing - Won 61 of 70 fights, eight-division world champion)
David Campese (Australia - Rugby - Won 1991 Rugby World Cup with Australia, set a world record of 64 Test tries)
Waqar Younis (Pakistan - Cricket - Youngest bowler to take 400 wickets)
Kapil Dev (India - Cricket - Led India to win the 1983 Cricket World Cup, held record for the greatest number of wickets taken in Test Cricket)
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia - Formula One - Won 7 Grand Slam races)
Evonne Goolagong Crawley (Australia - Tennis - Won 14 Grand Slam titles)
Richie Benaud (Australia - Australia's Test Captain 1958-64, first player to reach 200 wickets and 2000 runs)
Park Ji Sung (South Korea - Football - Won 19 trophies in his career, including the Champions League)
Alan Jones (Australia - Formula One - Won one Championship, won 12 Grand Prix races)
Rod Laver (Australia - Tennis - Won 11 Grand Slam singles titles, 200 Career titles)
Dennis Lillee (Australia - Became record holder for most Test wickets)
Majed Abdullah (Saudi Arabia - Football - Won Asian Footballer of the Year 3 times, Saudi top scorer 6 times)
Greg Norman (Australia - Golf - Won Open Championship twice, 88 professional wins)
Takuma Sato (Japan - Motor Racing - 4 IndyCar wins)
Anna Meares (Australia - Cycling - Two Olympic golds, 11 World Championship golds)
Muttiah Murtalitharan (Sri Lanka - Cricket - Highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, held the number 1 player ranking for a record 1,711 days)
Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan - Football - 1997 Asian Player of the Year, played for Japan in three World Cup tournaments)
Takeichi Nishi (Japan - Show Jumping - 1932 Olympic gold)
Mark Waugh (Australia - Cricket - First batsman to score three centuries in the Cricket World Cup, 1999 leading Australian runscorer)
Lleyton Hewitt (Australia - Tennis 3 - Won two Grand Slam titles, 30 career titles)
Merv Hughes (Australia - Cricket - Represented Australia in 53 Test Matches, taking 212 wickets)
Sushil Kumar (India - Wrestling - Won 2010 World Title, won Silver at the 2012 Olympics)
Anil Kumble (India - Cricket - Third-highest wicket taker of all time)
Grant Hackett (Australia - Swimming - Won three Olympic golds, 10 World Championship golds)
PT Usha (India - Athletics - 4 Asian Games golds, 14 Asian Championship golds)




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25- Muttiah Murtalitharan
24- Rod Laver
23- Anil Kumble
22- Mark Waugh
21- Manny Pacquiao
20- Jack Brabham
19- Grant Hackett
18- Waqar Younis
17- Mahela Jayawardene
16- Lleyton Hewitt
15- Alan Jones
14- Neil Robertson
13- Daniel Ricciardo
12- Yang Yang (A)
11- David Campese
10- Evonne Goolagang Crawley
9- Kapil Dev
8- Greg Norman
7- Naomi Osaka
6- James Wattana
5- Liu Xiang
4- Nova Peris
3- Simon Whitlock
2- Takuma Sato
1- Tony David
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Breaking my own rules oops

+25 Rod Laver
+24 Anna Meares
+23 Muttiah Murtalitharan
+22 Manny Pacquiao
+21 Kapil Dev
+20 Chaminda Vaas
+19 Mark Waugh
+18 David Campese
+17 Skahib Al Hasan
+16 Park Ji Sung
+15 Yang Yang (A)
+14 Evonne Goolagong Crawley
+13 Naomi Osaka
+12 Jack Brabham
+11 Richie Benaud
+10 PT Usha
+9 Grant Hackett
+8 Mahela Jayawardene
+7 Samantha Stosur
+6 Wang Meng
+5 Rashid Khan
+4 Greg Norman
+3 Anil Kumble
+2 Mark Viduka
+1 Neil Robertson
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RESULTS

Finalists:
Jack Brabham
Kapil Dev
Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Rod Laver
Muttiah Muralitharan
Mark Waugh


Advance to Playoffs:
David Campese
Grant Hackett
Manny Pacquiao
Waqar Younis


Eliminated:
(6th: 74pts)
(10th: 56pts)
52 Lleyton Hewitt
52 Anil Kumble
48 Richie Benaud
45 Anna Meares
44 Naomi Osaka
41 Greg Norman
40 Mahela Jayawardene
39 Liu Xiang
35 Dennis Lillee
33 Daniel Ricciardo
33 Park Ji Sung
29 Shakib Al Hasan
28 Chaminda Vaas
27 Yang Yang (A)
23 Hidetoshi Nakata
23 James Wattana
20 Sun Yang
20 Mark Viduka
16 Neil Robertson
15 Alan Jones
14 Samantha Stosur
13 Majed Abdullah
13 Takuma Sato
11 Rashid Khan
10 PT Usha
8 Wang Meng
7 Takeichi Nishi
4 Nova Peris
4 Merv Hughes
3 Simon Whitlock
3 Sushil Kumar
1 Tony David


A good mix of Australians and non-Australians make it through to the Final - remember that one of the people in the Playoff could still potentially automatically make the Final depending on the scores of the next group.
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(I've just noticed that the deadline said 29th July - apologies for that! I did state this Monday in my message though so that should have made people aware)
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post Jul 23 2019, 01:09 PM
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I didn't notice that. I'm sure everybody is used to the one week voting period by now so it wouldn't have mattered. That's a good top six but Mark Waugh is lucky that most of the best Aussie and Asian cricketers are in the second group which is still to come.
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