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The five-person shortlist of nominees for the Female and Male World Athlete of the Year Awards will be announced later this week.

International governing body World Athletics today revealed the schedule for the build-up to December’s annual awards, and said further information on the event itself will be confirmed at a future date.

In 2019, it took place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

A panel of expert statisticians has selected an initial 10 nominees for the Female and Male World Athlete of the Year awards, and a vote split between the World Athletics Council, “World Athletics Family” and fans of the sport will trim this down to five in both categories.

The shortlisted 10 athletes for the male award will be revealed this Thursday (October 21), with female award nominees set to be announced a day later.

Sweden’s pole vaulter Armand Duplantis became the youngest winner of the male award in 2020, while Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas took the female award.

The Rising Stars awards are dedicated to the best under-20 athletes of the year, with the five women and men selected by an international panel of experts as nominees set to be revealed on November 8 and 9.

Entries for the Athletics Photograph of the Year will open next Monday (October 26), with three finalists to be confirmed on November 16 for an award whose winner is determined by a panel of judges.

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The Member Federation of the Award will include six finalists to be announced on November 11.

This year’s World Athletics Awards feature honours in four other categories: Coaching Achievement, Inspiration, Woman of the Year and the President’s Award.



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