December 27, 2017
Goran Dragić the Captain of the Slovenian basketball team was voted in 12th place in the Best European Sportsperson of the Year poll, collecting 32 points, the skier Ilka Štuhec won 42nd place, and the young basketball star Luka Dončič was in 45th place.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the title of the Best Sportsperson for the second year running, followed by British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton in second place, the Swiss tennis star Roger Federer in third place, followed by the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, the Swedish swimmer Sarah Sjöström, the Austrian Alpine skier Marcel Hirscher, the German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier and the British athlete Mo Farah sharing seventh place.
The top ten is rounded out by British cyclist Chris Froome and Greek athlete Ekaterina Stefanidi.
European Sportsperson of the Year is an annual sports award presented by Polish Press Agency (PAP), and has been presented since 1958. The European Sportsperson of the Year award honours the sportsperson deemed to have performed the best over the previous year, based on voting by 27 international news agencies.
Apart from the Slovenian press agency STA, the other 26 agencies part of the panel are: EFE (Spain), France Presse from France, Agerpress from Romania, ANP from Netherlands, APA from Austria, ATA from Albania, Belga from Belgium, Belat from Belarus, BTA from Bulgaria, CTK from Czech Republic, DPA (Germany), Elta from Lithuania, FENA from Bosnia and Herzegovina, HINA from Croatia, LETA from Latvia, Lusa from Portugal, Moldpres from Moldova, SDAATS from Switzerland, SHGSK from Kosovo, SID from Germany, Sita from Slovakia, Tanjug from Serbia, TASS from Russia, Ukrinform from Ukraine and of course, the main one PAP from Poland.