The 22nd Laureus World Sports Awards 2021 were unveiled at a Digital Awards Ceremony from Sevilla, Spain. Spanish Tennis Player Rafael Nadal won the Sportsman of the year title, while Japanese Tennis player Naomi Osaka won the Sportswomen of the year title.
- This is Nadal’s 4th Laureus Title (2014, 2011, 2006), and the 2nd Laureus Title for Naomi Osaka (previous one coming in 2019).
- The Laureus World Sports Awards are awarded annually by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
- First held in 2000, the awards honour the greatest and inspirational sporting triumphs of the year.
- The awards are given across 6 Categories. Apart from the 6 categories, awards are also given for Lifetime Achievement, Athlete Advocate of the year, Sporting Inspiration & Sporting Moment of the Year award.
- The Laureus World Sports Academy (a unique group of sporting legends) votes for the winners in each shortlisted category.
Complete List of Winners
|1||Laureus World Sportsman of the Year|| Rafael Nadal
Country – Spain, Sports – Tennis
|2||Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year|| Naomi Osaka
Country – Japan, Sports – Tennis
|3||Laureus World Team of the Year|| Bayern Munich
German Football Club
|4||Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year|| Patrick Mahomes
Country – US, Sports – American Football
|5||Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award|| Max Parrot
Country – Canada, Sport – Snowboarding
|6||Laureus Sport for Good Award|| ‘KICKFORMORE’ by Kickfair
|7||Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award|| Billie Jean King
Country – US, Sport – Tennis
|8||Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year Award
| Lewis Hamilton
Country – UK, Sport – Formula One
|9||Laureus Sporting Inspiration Award|| Mohamed Salah
Egyptian Football player, Club – Liverpool
|10||Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year Award|| Chris Nikic – American Triathlete
In 2020, he became the 1st person with Down Syndrome to finish an Ironman triathlon
- It was Bayern Munich’s 2nd Laureus Team of the Year award, the first one came in 2014.
- Nadal’s first win in the Sportsman of the year category came in 2011, he won the Breakthrough of the Year award in 2006 and the Comeback of the Year award in 2014.
- Lewis Hamilton won the Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year award for his support for racial justice.
- The Sportsman of the year 2020 was won by Lewis Hamilton & Argentine Footballer Lionel Messi, the Sportswomen of the year 2020 was won by Simone Arianne Biles (American Gymnast)
- Former Indian International Cricketer Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar’s 2011 World Cup-winning moment was voted the Laureus Sporting Moment of 2000-2020
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About Laureus Sport for Good Foundation:
Chairman of Trustees – Edwin Moses
It is a Charitable Company based in London, UK