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Weightlifter is among CCTV awards nominees

Despite being inactive for most of the year, China sports icons Liu Xiang and Yao Ming lead the nominees for the 2009 CCTV Sports Personality of the Year award after the final list was announced on Tuesday.

Regarded as China’s “Sports Oscars”, the award honors the most outstanding group or individual in sports for the year. The final nominee list, which was decided by 200 judges, includes five candidates for each major award.

China’s track and field super star Liu and NBA All-Star center Yao were among the finals five nominees for Special Contribution of the Year

World champion swimmer Zhang Lin leads the nominees for the Best Male Athlete of the Year and will vie for the title which multiple badminton world champion Lin Dan, triple gymnastics Olympic gold medalist Zou Kai, weightlifting world champion Liao Hui and table tennis world champion Wang Hao.

The winners will be selected by 100 judges on Jan 16. The awards ceremony will be held that day at the Peking University Hall.