• Sporting world wait for Laureus World Sports Awards winners

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Feb 02, 2011-

A glittering collection of the world’s greatest sports stars have just days to wait to discover if they have been awarded one of the prestigious 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards.

Africa's hopes for top honors in the awards is squarely in the hands of south african golfer. This is a new development especially after some of the top african soccer players who ply their trade in europe and elsewhere failed to make the cut.

The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during the calendar year 2010, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar.

The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 46 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time, will be unveiled at a televised Awards Ceremony staged in Abu Dhabi on Monday, February 7.

The list of individual Nominees in seven categories reads like a who’s who of sport, including Kobe Bryant, Kim Clijsters, Stephanie Gilmore, Justine Henin, Martin Kaymer, Lionel Messi, Rafael Nadal, Valentino Rossi, Kelly Slater, Esther Vergeer, Sebastian Vettel, Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White and Serena Williams.

The Laureus World Team of the Year category looks to be one of the most competitive ever. The Spain World Cup Team’s first ever win in South Africa will make them strong contenders, but also nominated are the European Ryder Cup Team, Champions League winners Inter Milan, NBA winners Los Angeles Lakers, the Red Bull Formula One Team and the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team.

Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses said: “This has been a great year for sport and the Academy have found it extremely difficult to decide who to vote for as winners. We have had several massive events in 2010 – notably the FIFA World Cup and the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, and that has been reflected in the Nominations.”

The full list of Nominees for the 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards is:

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

Kobe Bryant (US, basketball), Andres Iniesta (Spain, football), Lionel Messi (Argentina, football), Rafael Nadal (Spain, tennis), Manny Pacquiao (Philippines, boxing), Sebastian Vettel (Germany, motor racing)

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

Kim Clijsters (Belgium, tennis), Jessica Ennis (UK, athletics), Blanka Vlasic (Croatia, athletics), Lindsey Vonn (US, skiing), Serena Williams (US, tennis), Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark, tennis)

Laureus World Team of the Year 

All Blacks (New Zealand, rugby), European Ryder Cup Team (golf), Inter Milan (Italy, football), Los Angeles Lakers (US, basketball), Red Bull Formula One Team (Austria), Spain World Cup Team (football)


Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year

Martin Kaymer (Germany, golf), Christophe Lemaitre (France, athletics), Matteo Manassero (Italy, golf), Thomas Muller (Germany, football), Louis Oosthuizen (S.Africa, golf), Teddy Tamgho (France, athletics)

Laureus World Comeback of the Year

Paula Creamer (US, golf), Tyson Gay (US, athletics), Justine Henin (Belgium, tennis), Carolina Kluft (Sweden, athletics), Merlene Ottey (Slovenia, athletics), Valentino Rossi (Italy, motor cycling)

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

Verena Bentele (Germany, skiing/biathlon), Matt Cowdrey (Australia, swimming), Daniel Dias (Brazil, swimming), Jakub Krako (Slovakia, skiing), Esther Vergeer (Netherlands, wheelchair tennis), Lauren Woolstencroft (Canada, skiing)

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year

Jamie Bestwick (UK, BMX), Victor Fernandez (Spain, windsurfing), Stephanie Gilmore (Australia, surfing), Levi Sherwood (N.Zealand, freestyle moto-cross), Kelly Slater (US, surfing), Shaun White (US, snowboarding)


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