Winners of the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards

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The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award ceremony honouring individuals and teams from the world of sports along with their sporting achievements throughout the year. Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn and the France national football team were among the winners at the Laureus World Sports Awards for their achievements in 2018.

Despite all the odds Tiger Woods claimed the Comeback Award 19 years after he was first recognized. The Comeback Award was awarded to Woods for clinching his 80th PGA Tour title this year.

And then there are the legends; Novak Djokovic was named World Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time for winning the Wimbeldon and U.S. Open after a stupendous comeback from injury last year. This year’s title meant he matched Usain Bolt’s record by being named World Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time. His previous honours were in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Lindsey Vonn, who retired during the recent Alpine skiing world championships, took home the Spirit of Sport Award. The award is given to an athlete for their relentless dedication to his or her career.

The French National Football Team was also honored for winning the World Cup in July.

Simone Biles was named World Sportswoman of the Year for the second time on the back of the 21-year-old’s historic achievement and for adding four gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the gymnastics world championships in 2018.

Tennis had a golden night, as Women’s World Number One Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese winner of a Laureus award. She won the Breakthrough Award for winning the U.S. Open.

The Indian subcontinent is not trailing too far behind with a nominee this year. 24-year-old wresetler, Vinesh Phogat was nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year alongside Tiger Woods and four other athletes. She overcame a career-threatening injury at the Rio Olympics to reign supreme at Asian Games 2018 and became the first Indian athlete to be nominated in one of the seven main categories at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

The last time an Indian sporting feat made its way to the Laureus World Sports Awards was in 2004 when the Indian and Pakistan Cricket Team shared the Laureus Sport for Good Award for playing an international match despite political tensions between the two countries.

The awards support the work of Laureus Sport for Good, which supports over 100 community projects in around 40 countries. These projects aim to use the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage, and prove that sport has the power to change the world.

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