Laureus World Sports Awards 2021

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:

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:

  1. Sportswoman of the year
  2. Sportsman of the year
  3. Team of the year
  4. Breakthrough of the year
  5. Comeback of the year
  6. 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

  1. The word ‘Laureus’ is derived from the word ‘Laurel’ which is taken as a victory symbol in athletics.
  2. It was established in 1999 and the first award ceremony took place in 2000 in Monte Carlo.
  3. Nelson Mandela presented a speech in the first awards ceremony of Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000.
  4. It is held annually.
  5. The Laureus World Sports Awards are often referred to as the sporting equivalent to Oscars.
  6. The global partners of World Sports Awards are:
    • Mercedes-Benz
    • IWC Schaffhausen and
    • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  7. 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.
  8. The first footballer to be awarded the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ is Lionel Messi. He won the award in 2020.
  9. 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]
Year Winner
2021 Rafael Nadal
2020 Lionel Messi and Lewis Hamilton
2019 Novak Djokovic
2018 Roger Federer
2017 Usain Bolt
2016 Novak Djokovic
2015 Novak Djokovic
2014 Sebastian Vettel
2013 Usain Bolt
2012 Novak Djokovic
2011 Rafael Nadal
Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year [2011-2021]
Year Winner
2021 Naomi Osaka
2020 Simone Biles
2019 Simone Biles
2018 Serena Wiliams
2017 Simone Biles
2016 Serena Williams
2015 Genzebe Dibaba
2014 Missy Franklin
2013 Jessica Ennis
2012 Vivian Cheruiyot
2011 Lindsey Vonn
Laureus World Sports Award for World Team of the Year [2011-2021]
Year Winner
2021 Bayern Munich
2020 South Africa Rugby Union Team
2019 France Men’s Football Team
2018 Mercedes Formula One Team
2017 Chicago Clubs
2016 New Zealand Rugby Union Team
2015 Germany Men’s Football Team
2014 Bayern Munich
2013 Europe Ryder Cup Team
2012 FC Barcelona
2011 Spain’s Men Football Team
Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year [2011-2021]
Year Winner
2021 Max Parrot
2020 Sophia Florsch
2019 Tiger Woods
2018 Roger Federer
2017 Michael Phelps
2016 Dan Carter
2015 Schalk Burger
2014 Rafael Nadal
2013 Felix Sanchez
2012 Darren Clarke
2011 Valentino Rossi
Laureus World Sports Award for World Breakthrough of the Year [2011-2021]
Year Winner
2021 Patrick Mahomes
2020 Egan Bernal
2019 Naomi Osaka
2018 Sergio Garcia
2017 Nico Rosberg
2016 Jordan Speith
2015 Daniel Ricciardo
2014 Marc Marquez
2013 Andy Murray
2012 Rory Mcllroy
2011 Martin Kaymer
Laureus World Sports Award for World Action Sportsperson of the Year [2011-2021]
Year Winner
2021 *Not Presented
2020 Chloe Kim
2019 Chloe Kim
2018 Armel Le Cléac’h
2017 Rachel Atherton
2016 Jan Frodeno
2015 Alan Eustace
2014 Jamie Bestwick
2013 Felix Baumgartner
2012 Kelly Slater
2011 Kelly Slater
Laureus World Sports Award Sportsperson with Disability of the Year [2011-2021]
Year Winner
2021 *Not Presented
2020 Oksana Masters
2019 Henrieta Farkasova
2018 Marcel Hug
2017 Beatrice Vio
2016 Daniel Dias
2015 Tatyana McFadden
2014 Marie Bochet
2013 Daniel Dias
2012 Oscar Pistorius
2011 Verena Bentele
Laureus Sport for Good Award [2011-2021]
Year Winner
2021 KICKFORMORE
2020 South Bronx United
2019 Yuwa
2018 Active Communities Network
2017 Waves for Change
2016 Moving the Goalposts
2015 Skateistan
2014 Magic Bus
2013 *Not Presented
2012 Rai
2011 May El-Khalil

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