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Friday, November 13, 2015

Who's gong to be Sportswoman of the Year?

By the end of this year, the "Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year" will be announced. And like each previous year, it are not those you'd expected.

Last year, Naafi Tian was picked. She won one bronze medal! But others were just passed -  because the sport they practice is not important enough?

For this year, I would nominate either Delfine Persoon (boxing) or Marieke Vervoort (wheelchair racing).

Although severely handicapped and close to death, Marieke can still bring up the courage to fight against her illness and tries to win gold medals in world championships and Paralympic Games. And she does - she won three gold medals shortly after another!

Delfine Persoon works full time as a railway police officer and spends her free time at boxing (lightweights). She does this extremely well: only yesterday she won her third consecutive world champion title in the lightweight category. And even the big boss of the police, Catherine De Bolle, was present at the fight!

Forget the Naafi Tians and others who only perform once or twice - and never when it really counts. Give the cup to those who deserve it!

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