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Laureus World Sports Awards 2021: Salah, Naomi Osaka, Other Winners

Written by on May 7, 2021

The 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards was carried out as a virtual ceremony due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions around the world. It was hosted in Seville on Thursday 6 May.

The Awards are regarded as an ultimate sporting honour presented each year by the Laureus Academy to celebrate the sporting achievements of sports persons in the previous year.

Winners are selected by the 69 legendary sportsmen and women of the Laureus Academy, based on a list of nominations voted on by a panel of over 1000 sports media from 100 countries.


Laureus World Sportsman of the Year – Rafael Nadal

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year – Naomi Osaka

Laureus World Team of the Year – Bayern Munich

Laureus World Comeback of the Year – Max Parrot

Laureus Sporting Moment – Chris Nikic

Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award – Billie Jean King

Laureus Sporting Inspiration Award – Mohamed Salah

Athlete Advocate of the Year – Lewis Hamilton

Laureus Sport for Good Award – KICKFORMORE by KICKFAIR

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year – Patrick Mahomes

Sean Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: “I’m delighted that despite a challenging year, we have been able to honour so many great sportsmen and women.

“The Winners, but also the Nominees who didn’t quite make it, are the people who have reminded us how inspiring and motivational sport can be once it returned after lockdown.

“The Awards Show kicks off an important new phase for Laureus with the launch of Everyone Wins, a global campaign which will help transform public awareness and understanding of Laureus and drive donations to Sport for Good.”

Everyone Wins is a new global campaign to promote sport for good. The campaign will shine a light on young people facing some of the world’s toughest opponents on and off playing fields around the world.

For a complete list of nominees of the Laureus World Sports Awards, click here.

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