Matthias Hofbauer misses the final round of The World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time race. Hofbauer received a total of 14 596 votes. The first round ended on Wednesday 20th of January at 16:00 CET and only the ten highest ranked candidates continue in the race.
A total of 24 candidates from differents sports joined the competition. The candidates could be from any edition of The World Games’ 40 year long history, as long as they are or have been the best of the best. Malaysian squash player Nicol David received most votes during the first round, a total of 200 043.
The IFF decided to nominate the legendary Swiss floorballer Matthias Hofbauer for his great performance at the World Games 2017. At The World Games in 2017 Matthias Hofbauer led Switzerland to a historic silver medal. In four matches he scored five goals and gave four assists and was Switzerland’s top scorer and the second best scorer overall. Hofbauer has represented Switzerland in all Men’s World Floorball Championships since 2000 and he has won seven World Championship bronze medals. Hofbauer he is the all-time top scorer of the World Floorball Championships with 97 points (48 goals, 49 assists). He also won the Champions Cup with his club SV Wiler-Ersigen in 2005.
Matthias Hofbauer ended his playing career in 2020 after 23 years on top, and to celebrate his long and outstanding career, he was also chosen as The World Games Athlete of April 2020.
The winner is announced on February 1st
The ten highest ranked candidates continue in the race and they will keep the votes earned by the first round. The three best candidates will receive a trophy, a diploma and a branded gift from the official sponsor Protective Life. The winner will be announced on 1st February 2021.
All 24 candidates will get a chance to tell their whole story in The World Games athlete promotion throughout 2021.