On February 17, 2020, 20th edition of Laureus World Sports Awards for the year 2020 was held in Berlin, Germany.It was the 2nd Laureus World Sports Awards to take place in Berlin, following the 2016 ceremony which took place at the Messe Berlin.It was organized by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.Laureus World Sports Awards is known as ‘Oscars of Sport’.
The event was hosted by Actor Hugh Grant.Highlights:
i.Former Indian International Cricketer Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar’s 2011 World Cup-winning moment was voted the Laureus Sporting Moment of 2000-2020.This moment of Sachin has been titled as ‘Carried on the Shoulders of a Nation’.With this win, he became the first Indian sportsperson to win a Laureus World Sports Award.
(India won the World Cup by defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in 2011 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni).
ii.Argentine star footballer Lionel Messi and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton were jointly voted Sportsman of the Year 2020.
iii.South African rugby legend Bryan Habana has been inducted as the 69th Member of Laureus World Sports Academy.A tribute was paid to American basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who recently died in a helicopter crash.
Here’s the full list of winners:
|S.No||Award Name||Won by|
|1||Laureus World Sportsman of the Year||Formula One driver Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton (United Kingdom)
& Footballer Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini (Argentina)
|2||Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year||Simone Arianne Biles (American Gymnast)|
|3||Laureus World Team of the Year||South Africa Men’s Rugby Team|
|4||Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year||Egan Arley Bernal Gómez (Colombian cyclist)|
|5||Laureus World Comeback of the Year||Sophia Flörsch (German racing driver)|
|6||Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability||Oksana Masters (Ukrainian-American Paralympic rower and cross-country skier)|
|7||Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year||Chloe Kim (American snowboarder)|
|8||Laureus Best Sporting Moment||Carried on the shoulders of a nation – Sachin Tendulkar|
|9||Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award||Dirk Nowitzki (German basketball player)|
|10||Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award||Spanish Basketball Federation|
|11||Laureus Sport for Good Award||South Bronx United|
About Laureus World Sports Awards:
First held– 2000
It is the annual event honours the greatest and most inspirational sporting triumphs of the year and showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good.
The Laureus World Sports Academy (a unique group of sporting legends) votes for the winners in each shortlisted category.