Korea Republic

Son named AIPS Asia's Best Male Athlete

Kuala Lumpur: Korea Republic star Son Heung-min was named Asia's Best Male Athlete by the Asian Sportswriters Union (AIPS Asia) at its inaugural Awards for Asia. 

The Awards for Asia, held for the first time in conjunction with the AIPS Asia Congress and the Selangor International Sports Summit 2019, recognises and celebrates Asian athletes who excelled at the highest level.

Son, 26, who plies his trade in the English Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur had an outstanding performance over the past year.

In the 2018 Asian Games last September, he led the young Taeguk Warriors to a successful defence of their title, before playing a vital role for Spurs to a first-ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League final.

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Korea Sports Press Union President Jung Hee Don said: "Son is an amazing football player and we are delighted he has been selected as the first winner of the Asian awards.

"He is committed and has worked hard for both country and club."

The Best Asian Male Team Award went to the Qatar national football team for their impressive campaign in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup last January in the UAE, where they lifted their first Continental title, conceding only one goal.

Japan's Nadeshiko were awarded the Best Asian Female Team. Asako Takakura's side edged Australia 1-0 to be crowned champions in the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup, before securing gold in the 2018 Asian Games.

Japan, along with Australia reached the quarter-finals of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup last July.

Photo: AFP

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