Continental rankings unveiled: Meet the best performers in Asia

  • June 21, 2022

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LAUSANNE, June 21, 2022 - The AIPS Sport Media Awards are proud to announce the continental rankings for Asia. To know more about the continental rankings, click here.


1. Muhammad Rosli (Malaysia), Chua Boon Huat: 'I See You Later' - Astro Arena
2. Beatrice Lauren Go (Philippines), Episode 4: 4th straight Olympics for Philippine weightlifting queen Hidilyn Diaz - Rappler
3. Abid Rashid Baba (India), IPL amid Pandemic: Inappropriate and Insensitive! - YouTube Abid Baba
4. Shahram Zeinolabedini (Iran), Exercise and depression -


1. Li Yibo (China), Flying Duplantis - Xinhua News Agency
2. Ming Li (China), ‘Medusa’ in pit - Xinhua News Agency
3. Alihayder Ujam (Irak), Boxing - Epa
4. Farshad Abbasi (Iran), Freestyle wrestling competitions - Tokyo 2020 Olympics
5. Luqmanul Arif Bin Abdul Karim (Malaysia), 100m Heartbreak -
6. Maryam Majd (Iran), The dreams come true -
7. Ganbat Chuluunbaatar (Mongolia), Look to your dreams - Mongolian Sports Press Union
7. Mohd Rasfan Mohd Nor (Malaysia), Fighting for points - Agence France-Presse
9. Cheng Zhang (China), Squat at Medal Ceremony - Getty Images
10. Hussein Faleh (Irak), Escape from the sun - The Guardian
10. Mohamed Alselwi (Yemen) - The love of football despite the war - Shoot


1. Cheng Zhang (China), Armless table tennis player wows Tokyo Paralympics - Xinhua News Agency
2. Lili Wang (China), Tokyo Action - Xinhua News Agency
3. Ali Haj Suleiman (Syria), Syria: The Tent Olympics - Instagram
4. Mohammad Babaei (Iran), Iranian women's hockey team - IRNA
5. Amirreza Ostovari (Iran), Love and good feeling and athletic - Farsnews Agency / Khabarvazeshi Newspaper
6. Can Cao (China), Lonely Olympic - Xinhua news agency
7. Maryam Majd (Iran), Sport with taste of suicide and horror with Afghan women's sports - Iran Varzeshi Newspaper
8. Fazry Ismail (Malaysia), Olympic Games 2020 cycling BMX racing - European Pressphoto Agency
9. Javid Nikpour (Iran), The last effort! -
10. Amin Mohammad Jamali (Iran), Olympic in other planet - Getty Images


1. Mengtong Niu (China),
Marbury: A Beijing boy - Xinhua News Agency
2. Jieni Cheng (China), The lonesome swimmer - China Media Group
3. Jeet Bahadur Saud (Nepal), The new identity - Galaxy 4K
4. Lyad Nasser (Syria), Athlete profile: Syrian international runner Imad Barakat - Syria Channel
5. Prarthana Hazarika (India), Story on Lovlina Borgohain, Olympic medalist - Doordarshan


1. Nan Shen (China),
2020+1: Through pandemic to Olympics - Xinhua News Agency
2. Samat Jumakadyr (Kyrgyzstan), Kokboru players - Samat Jumakadyr
3. Mohammad Ali (Jordan), ChexTadium: The lazy magician and Maradona's successor, Juan Riquelme - Aljazeera O2
4. Imad Al-rikabi (Irak), Baghdad - Tokyo - YouTube
5. Mohamed Walied (Irak), Steps of success - YouTube
6. Zaher Noori (Afghanistan), Yosof Jahanger documentary - Zaher Noori
6. Sidharth Gulati (India), Rise of women’s cricket in Brazil: The story so far from head coach Liam Cook - Cricket Spectacle
6. Umar Hammad Abukibash (Palestine), In half - YouTube
9. Sidharth Gulati (India), A new innings, rise of cricket in Switzerland - Cricket Spectacle
10. Vahid Jafari (Iran), Hasan Yazdani's training - Vahid jafari


1. Maziyar Koupidar (Iran),
Lost dreams: Story of four Afghan sisters - YouTube
2. Ranran Yue (China), When the odds are stacked against you - Xinhua News Agency
3. Wen Shu (China), Wudang kids - Xinhua News Agency
4. Zulhelmi Zainal Azam (Malaysia), Why me? - Astro Arena
5. Vandna Vandna (India), The roller skating star who beat intellectual disability to be a world champion - BBC News
6. Rabee Adwan (Jordan), Omar Qaradah jumps to the top without legs - YouTube
6. Badih Chayban (Lebanon), Ishita Malaviya: India's first woman surfer - Olympic Channel
8. Yang Liu (China), Never yield to fate - Xinhua News Agency social media
9. Nadeem Khan (Pakistan), A Girl disguised as a Boy to live her dream - Daily Aljazeera Quetta
10. Xiaozhou Sun (China), Olympic unites the world, inspires all - China Media Group


1. Wufei Yu (China), Will Ford (USA) -
172 runners started this ultramarathon - 21 of them never came back - Runner’s World
2. Christel Saneh (Lebanon), Cathy Freeman: Running for her people - World Athletics
3. Pradip Saha (India), The fall of Sushil Kumar and Indian wrestling - The Morning Context
4. Roy Tomizawa (Japan), The challenge and significance of Tokyo2020 - Tokyo Updates
5. Saeedeh Fathabadi (Iran), From Kabul to Melbourne - Hamshahri Javan Magazine
6. Sanket Jain (India), In Kolhapur: wrestlers’ diets, weighty problems - People’s Archive of Rural India
7. Bhavya Dore (India), Champions - The Juggernaut
8. Amit Kamath (India), The many duels of Bhavani Devi - Firstpost
9. Deepti Patwardhan (India), Walkover: The story of India's Davis Cup default v South Africa -
10. Behnaz Mirmotaharian (Iran), Report of death of dream - Iran Varzeshi newspaper

*The first-placed story was co-written by Will Ford (USA) and is only shown in this ranking.


1. Anand Vasu (India),
Yes, English football fans were a disgrace. But passion’s darker shades aren’t limited to either England or football - The Times of India
2. Haresh Deol (Malaysia), What’s the difference between Hein Htet Aung’s three-finger salute and Malaysia banning Israel from competing in kuching? -
3. Vandana Vijay (India), Women’s sport in India: An emboldened new generation breaking through barriers - BBC Sport
4. Maryam Navaei (Iran), A chance is lost -
5. Fadi Hejazi (Palestine), For how long will players in Gaza remain 'just a commodity'? -
6. Francis Thimsel Ochoa (Philippines), A capacity for greatness -
7. Ebrahim Mousa (Saudi Arabia), Athletes life in danger part 2/2 -
8. 'Yahya' Al-Yaqoubi (Palestine), Nidal Al-Da'our: Breaking the laws of bodybuilding with one hand -
8. Soumitra Bose (India), Duds, suds and missed marks - Outlook
8. Yahya Al-Yaqoubi (Palestine), With the crutches of hope the amputee children kick painful memories -
8. Prasun Sangroula (Nepal), Nepal’s A-list basketball players dribble troubles galore, on and off the court -


1. Mengtong Niu (China), What a fun! An Olympic ski weekend - Xinhua News Agency
2. Jeet Bahadur Saud (Nepal), The new identity - Galaxy 4K
3. Abid Rashid Baba (India), Adieu: The flying Sikh - YouTube - Abid Rashid Baba
4. Wan Muiz (Malaysia), lompat kosong - Astro arena


1. Alireza Zeinali (Iran),
Human catapult -
2. Zhenbin Zhong (China), Dangerous action - Instagram - Zhong Zhenbin
3. Christel Saneh (Lebanon), Yulimar Rojas, World Record Jump in Tokyo 2020 - Instagram
4. Mohammad Javad Abjoushak (Iran), Flight -
5. Zhang Xiaoyu (China), Finally it starts - Xinhua News Agency
6. Ayman Alqadi (Yemen), Breakthrough - Instagram
7. Alsajjad Alsalam (Saudi Arabia), Love and loyalty - Mudhar Media Center
7. Nyein Su Wai Kyaw Soe (Myanmar), BMX Day -
9. Annice Lyn (Malaysia), Malaysia Contingents - Prestige Malaysia


1. Sanket Jain (India),
In Kolhapur: Wrestlers’ diets, weighty problems -
2. Wufei Yu (China), From subculture to mainstream: Rock climbing’s rise in China -
3. Soroush Fadaeitehrani (Iran), We just want to live! -
4. Annesha Ghosh (India), Breaking good: How the latest Olympic sport is inspiring Indian youth -
5. Tahir Ibn Manzoor (India), How a Cristiano Ronaldo fan in Kashmir became a coach and pioneer of women's football - The National
6. Prasun Sangroula (Nepal), How this Bajura-based club is aiming to change the district’s identity through football - Nepal Live Today
7. Nishat Ahmed (Bangladesh), The last dance of Chuni Goswami in Bangladesh's Legend - The Daily Prothom Alo
7. Akram Muthanna (Yemen), Yemen’s international swimmer Mukhtar Al-Yamani as national representative at Tokyo 2020 -
9. Bhargab Sarmah (India), U-17 World Cup dream dashed, India players focus on finding jobs - Hindustan Times
9. Aayush Puthran (India), Nain Abidi returns to cricket, with a toddler in tow - Cricbuzz
10. Pradeep Krishna Murugesan (India), Ravichandran Ashwin: The lone wolf among the gentlemen of Indian cricket - Ananda Vikatan



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