Laureus World Sports Awards are the most prestigious honours in sport. World’s media voting for SIX Nominees in various categories. This is a year when you can look at the potential Nominees and see so many possible winners – says Laureus Chairman Edwin Moses.
An exciting year of sport has thrown up some potentially classic head-to-head battles to win Laureus World Sports Awards.
Usain Bolt v Lewis Hamilton; Serena Williams v Katie Ledecky and All Blacks v FC Barcelona are among the contests that we could possibly see when the Laureus World Sports Academy cast their votes for the most prestigious honours in sport.
The world’s greatest sprinter Usain Bolt will be looking for his fourth Laureus Award, while world No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic will be hoping for his third. Among a list of strong contenders are three-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton , football greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo , basketball giants LeBron James and Pau Gasol , athletes Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford , cyclists Chris Froome and Alberto Contador , world golf No.1 Jordan Spieth and unbeaten boxing legend Floyd Mayweather .
The most open competition could be for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award , where a wide range of sports and countries could have Nominees. The Chile Men’s Football Team won their first ever Copa America, Belgium’s Max Verstappen became the youngest Formula One driver at 17, golf’s Jason Day and Brooke Henderson, British swimmer Adam Peaty and Australian jockey Michelle Payne all made personal breakthroughs, while Bahrain’s Alzain Tareq , at ten, became the youngest ever swimmer in the world championships.
Rugby World Cup winners the All Blacks , Champions League winners FC Barcelona and the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team will be among the favourites for Nomination for the Laureus World Team of the Year Award .