A panel of judges comprising of leading sports journalists and administrators across Asia vetted through the nominees. In order to be eligible for the awards, nominees must meet a certain criteria.
Commenting on the results, Vice President of ASPU, George Das said: "Congratulations to these men and women who have inspired and sparked the imaginations of millions across Asia. I hope by winning these awards, they will continue to not only be the best that they can be but also to do the whole of Asia proud.
"We received over 100 nominations from 25 sporting bodies and National Olympic Councils from 15 Asian countries," added Das. "Cutting the list down to the final three for each category was easy but selecting the winners really made us judges think."
Nicol David, who has held the women's world No1 squash ranking unopposed since August 2006, enjoyed a distinguished year in 2007 - in which she established a 50-match unbeaten run and won eight WISPA World Tour titles, more than in any other year. After clinching the final two major trophies of the year, the Qatar Classic and Hong Kong Open, Nicol went on to be voted 'WISPA Player of the Year' by members of the association for the third year in a row.
For the Asian Sportswoman of the Year award, Nicol David was shortlisted with Thailand Weightlifter Paweena Thongsuk and South Korean Winter Sports star Jin Sun Yu.
"I'm well happy about this award," said David from her home in Penang. "It was already huge news for me being in the nominations amongst other top athletes in Asia, especially contending with China, Japan and Korea - but winning it is a real surprise for me.
"Hopefully, with this honour, squash can be widely spread throughout Asia and can generate more interest for other Asians to compete on the professional circuit sometime soon," added the 24-year-old, who has won five Asian Championship and two Asian Games gold medals since 1998.
Andrew Shelley, Chief Executive of the Women's International Squash Players' Association (WISPA) enthused: "What a result for squash: what a result for Nicol personally: and what a wonderful ambassador for the sport our world number one is! Recognition like this for Nicol David is a real boost as we strive to place ourselves on the major sports map."
Issued by Howard Harding on behalf of WISPA
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WSQ 4271 27 December 2007