The Laureus World Sports Awards 2021 have been declared in May in a digital awards ceremony from Spain. The awards have been declared annually since 2000. The award honours the greatest and most inspirational sporting triumphs of the year.
The knowledge of the World Sports Award is helpful in answering relevant questions from the static GK part of most of the government exams.
There are various national and international awards/prizes that one must know of. Read about them from the linked articles below:
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|Nobel Prize Winners||Indian Nobel Laureates|
|Dadasaheb Phalke Awards 2021||Booker Prize Winner|
|List of Bharat Ratna Awardees||Indira Gandhi Prize|
2021 World Sports Awards
More than 1000 sports media from 70 countries vote to shortlist the nominees for six categories. There are six categories for which awards are announced:
- Sportswoman of the year
- Sportsman of the year
- Team of the year
- Breakthrough of the year
- Comeback of the year
- Action of the year
There is another category of World Athlete of the Year with Disability, shortlist of which is provided by the International Paralympic Committee.
The winners are declared after the Laureus World Sports Academy votes for the nominees in the shortlisted categories.
Laureus World Sports Award Winners 2021
The list of winners from each category of the Laureus World Sports Awards 2021 is provided below:
|Laureus World Sports Award Category||Winner|
|World Sportsman of the Year||Rafael Nadal [Tennis]|
|World Sportswoman of the Year||Naomi Osaka [Tennis]|
|World Team of the Year||Bayern Munich [Football]|
|World Breakthrough of the Year||Patrick Mahomes [Football]|
|World Comeback of the Year||Max Parrot [Snowboarding]|
|Action Sportsperson of the Year||*Not Awarded|
Facts about Laureus World Sports Awards
- The word ‘Laureus’ is derived from the word ‘Laurel’ which is taken as a victory symbol in athletics.
- It was established in 1999 and the first award ceremony took place in 2000 in Monte Carlo.
- Nelson Mandela presented a speech in the first awards ceremony of Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000.
- It is held annually.
- The Laureus World Sports Awards are often referred to as the sporting equivalent to Oscars.
- The global partners of World Sports Awards are:
- IWC Schaffhausen and
- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
- The sportsperson with the most number of awards is Roger Federer. He has been awarded five ‘sportsperson of the year’ awards and one ‘comeback of the year’ award.
- The first footballer to be awarded the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ is Lionel Messi. He won the award in 2020.
- Apart from the six categories, the Laureus Awards are also presented under some discretionary categories timely:
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Sport for Good Award
- Spirit of Sport Award
- Exceptional Achievement Award
- Sporting Inspiration Award
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Year-Wise, Category-Wise Laureus World Sports Award Winners
The winners of Laureus World Sports Awards from each category from the year 2011 to 2021 are listed below:
|Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year [2011-2021]|
|2020||Lionel Messi and Lewis Hamilton|
|Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year [2011-2021]|
|Laureus World Sports Award for World Team of the Year [2011-2021]|
|2020||South Africa Rugby Union Team|
|2019||France Men’s Football Team|
|2018||Mercedes Formula One Team|
|2016||New Zealand Rugby Union Team|
|2015||Germany Men’s Football Team|
|2013||Europe Ryder Cup Team|
|2011||Spain’s Men Football Team|
|Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year [2011-2021]|
|Laureus World Sports Award for World Breakthrough of the Year [2011-2021]|
|Laureus World Sports Award for World Action Sportsperson of the Year [2011-2021]|
|2018||Armel Le Cléac’h|
|Laureus World Sports Award Sportsperson with Disability of the Year [2011-2021]|
|Laureus Sport for Good Award [2011-2021]|
|2020||South Bronx United|
|2018||Active Communities Network|
|2017||Waves for Change|
|2016||Moving the Goalposts|
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