Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: A glittering collection of the world’s greatest sports stars have been nominated for the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s media. Among the giants of sport who have been nominated in various categories are three-time Laureus winners Usain Bolt and Serena Williams, Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel and Tiger Woods.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva, both two-time Laureus winners, are nominated in two categories.
One of the most intriguing questions in this year’s contest is whether charismatic Real Madrid and Portugal footballer Cristiano Ronaldo or Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, both nominated, can become the first team player to win the individual Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.
The 15th Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during the calendar year 2013, is the premier honours event 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 globally televised Awards Ceremony staged in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday, March 26.
Nominees for the two main individual awards are: Laureus World Sportsman of the Year
Usain Bolt (Jamaica) Athletics
Mo Farah (UK) Athletics
LeBron James (US) Basketball
Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Football
Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Motor RacingLaureus World Sportswoman of the Year
Nadine Angerer (Germany) Football
Missy Franklin (US) Swimming
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) Athletics
Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) Athletics
Tina Maze (Slovenia) Skiing
Serena Williams (US) Tennis
For a full list of nominees, see: www.laureus.com