GUANGZHOU: Chinese shuttler Lin Dan was voted most valuable player on Friday, the penultimate day of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
The MVP award was held by the Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (GAGOC) and recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The winner was selected from Nov. 22-25 by more than 2,000 accredited media staff at the Main Press Center in Guangzhou.
The four finalists were hurdlers Liu Xiang, swimmers Sun Yang and Tang Yi, all from China, and the only non-Chinese, South Korean swimmer Park Tae-hwan.
At the award ceremony on Friday, deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Olympic Committee Liu Baoli received the award, consisting of the MVP trophy, a Samsung television and US$50,000, on behalf of Lin, who is in close-door training for the China Open.
“We are very delighted to give this trophy to Lin Dan, taking his excellent performance into consideration during the Asian Games,” Manuel Silverio, chairman of the OCA media committee, said.
“He is tenacious, strong-minded and determined to pursue sportsmanship and has presented perfect performance as an athlete.”
His two gold medals at the Games add to his world-class badminton glory, which already includes the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal and four world championships, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. — JP