The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the athletes who have made the shortlist in the Best Male category for the 2021 Paralympic Sport Awards, recognising the achievements from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony, which will be streamed live on the IPC’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page at 4pm CET on 16 December. ‘A Winning Mindset’ Paralympic podcast host Andy Stevenson and Australian Paralympic swimming legend Ellie Cole will host the Ceremony.
The shortlist for the Best Male category is as follows:
Jetze Plat (Netherlands)
Plat secured three golds in two different sports. He started by defending his men's PTWC triathlon title. Three days later in the road cycling he won the H4 time trial and, the following day, secured gold in the H4 road race.
Marcel Hug (Switzerland)
Hug started four events and won four golds. In the highly competitive T54 wheelchair racing class, he won the 800m, 1500m, 5000m, and the marathon. He set a new world record in the 1,500m and a Paralympic record in the 5,000m heats.
Shingo Kunieda (Japan)
The men's singles gold medallist did not drop a set in five matches as he became the first wheelchair tennis player to win three singles golds, having topped the podium previously at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
The winners will be announced across the following categories: Best Female, Best Male, Best Team, Best Female Debut, Best Male Debut and Best Official.
In addition to these six awards, the bp Courage Award will also be presented on 16 December recognising an athlete who best displayed the Paralympic value of courage at Tokyo 2020.