The Laureus World Sports Awards 2019 Winners have been announced. The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier global sporting awards ceremony. Each year, the Academy honours the greatest achievements and individuals from across the sporting landscape and celebrate the power of sport to change the world. The contenders are nominated by the world’s media, with the winners selected by legends of global sport: members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
In addition to celebrating excellence, the Awards provide a global platform for supporting the Laureus Sport for Good movement, by showcasing the incredible work done to transform young lives around the world.
List of Laureus World Sports Awards 2019 Winners:
- Sportsman of the Year: Novak Djokovic
- Sports woman of the Year: Simone Biles
- Comeback of the Year: Tiger Woods
- Breakthrough of the Year: Naomi Osaka
- Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Henrieta Farkasova
- Action Sportsperson of the Year: Chloe Kim
- Team of the Year: France World Cup Team
- Sporting Moment of the Year: Xia Boyu
- Academy Exceptional Achievement Award: Eliud Kipchoge
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Arsene Wenger
- Spirit of Sport Award: Lindsey Vonn
- Sport for Good Award: Yuwa
Yuwa, a Jharkhand-based NGO which works for girl empowerment, won the Laureus Sport for Good award, becoming the third Indian entry to bag the honour. The NGO, founded by Americans Franz Gastler and Rose Thomson Gastler in 2009, runs a football program in rural Jharkhand covering 450 girls. The girls are amateurs and, those who have been around for long, have become coaches. Four girls out of the 450 Hima, Nita, Radha and Konika have received the award on behalf of Yuwa at The Laureus World Sports Awards.
Indian and Laureus
- An Indian sporting feat made its way to the Laureus Awards for the first time in 2004 when the Indian cricket team and its Pakistani counterpart shared the Sport for Good honour for resuming bilateral ties despite tensions between the two countries.
- Most recently, Magic Bus from India won the Laureus Sport for Good award in 2014.