Guangzhou: Swimming champion Park Tae-hwan of South Korea has emerged as one of the strongest candidates for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award at the 16th Guangzhou Asian Games for the second Asiad in a row.
The triple gold medal winner is among 10 candidates on a short list released by the award selection committee, composed of members of the Games' organizing committee, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and journalists covering these Games.
Other South Korean athletes on the list include Lee Dae-myung and Han Jin-seop — winners of gold medals in men's shooting.
China has six contenders to the MVP title including Sun Yang with two golds in men's swimming, female swimmer Tang Yi with four gold and gymnast Sui Lu, also with gold gold.
Japan's lone candidate is Ryosuke Irie, who won three golds in men's swimming. The ceremony for the MVP along with the names of four finalists will take place here today with the winner pocketing a $50,000 and a TV set.