LAUSANNE, December 29, 2013 – USA tennis star Serena Williams and Jamaica’s athletics king Usain Bolt have been voted AIPS Best Athletes for the second year in a row.A panel of 470 sports journalists from 96 countries voted in this year’s poll.Six-time Olympic champion and eight-time World champion Usain Bolt received an overwhelming 1282 votes, followed by F1 master Sebastian Vettel on 499, and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo on 437.
Women World No. 1 Serena Williams, who in 2013 aced her finest season statistically with a 78-4 record, and 11 titles, received 915 votes, ahead of Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayev (644) and Jamaican athletics star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (551).
Best TeamEuropean champions Bayern Munich who dominated football in 2013, winning their firstÃ‚Â Club World Cup title, and finishing the Bundesliga season unbeaten were the resounding winners of the Best Team award with 1707 votes, 1128 ahead of second place winner Miami Heat, two-time NBA Champions who racked up an incredible 27-game winning streak in 2013. New Zealand’s All Blacks Rugby team with 14 wins from 14 matches in 2013 took third place.
Best Press FacilitiesThis year’s Best Press Facilities Award has been split into two categories:Best One Day Sporting Event and Best Press Facilities, Major Championship.Winner of the One Day Sporting Event award was the UEFA Champions League Final.
Winners of the second category were very close with the 2013 Moscow IAAF Track and Field Championships receiving 558 votes, the FIFA Confederations Cup (545) and FINA World Championships (486).
AIPS members from the following nations participated in the 2013 poll:
ALBANIA, ALGERIA, ARGENTINA, ARMENIA, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, BANGLADESH, BELARUS, BELGIUM, BENIN, BOLIVIA, BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA, BRAZIL, BULGARIA, BURUNDI, CAMEROUN, CANADA, CHINA, COLOMBIA, CROATIA, CUBA, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ESTONIA, ETHIOPIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GAMBIA, GEORGIA, GERMANY, GHANA, GREAT BRITAIN, GREECE, GRENADA, GUINEA, HAITI, HONG KONG, HUNGARY, ICELAND, INDIA, IRAN, IRAQ, IRELAND, ISRAEL, ITALY, IVORY COAST, JAMAICA, JAPAN, KENYA, KOREA, KYRGYZ REPUBLIC, LATVIA, LEBANON, LITHUANIA, LUXEMBOURG, MADAGASCAR, MALTA, MAURITANIA, MEXICO, MOLDOVA, MONGOLIA, MOROCCO, NETHERLANDS, NICARAGUA, NIGERIA, NORWAY, OMAN, PAKISTAN, PALESTINE, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, PUERTO RICO, QATAR, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SAN MARINO, SAUDI ARABIA, SENEGAL, SERBIA, SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, SURINAME, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TOGO, TUNISIA, TURKEY, UKRAINE, URUGUAY, USA.