The online voting of the Annual Prize “Athlete of Kuban 2022” started on December 9. The top ten athletes representing the Krasnodar Territory were first determined by journalists, and then the only winner of the award was chosen by fans. The award is traditionally organized by the Krasnodar Regional Branch of the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia.
By the will of the lot, the finalists of the award met at the group stage. Then Andrei Martyuk won with a minimal margin. What is the result of the final “duel” in the fans’ vote will be known after the New Year holidays at a special press conference.
Olympic tennis champion Elena Vesnina, Olympic judo champion Arsen Galstyan, world boxing champion among professionals Dmitry Pirog, world champion in Greco-Roman wrestling Stepan Maryanyan, football players of the Russian national team Fedor Smolov and Yuri Gazinsky, as well as other famous athletes have become winners of the Kuban Athlete award in different years.