Tennis stars, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have walked away with their third ‘Sportsman and sportswoman of the Year’ Laureus World Sports Awards respectively. Both the players, who are the at the top of the Tennis rankings have won three Grand Slams last year.
In the other categories, American golf star Jordan Spieth, who was also nominated in the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ category, won the ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ award. The 22-year-old Spieth is the reigning World No.1, who has already won the Masters and the US Open.
Paralympic swimmer Daniel Dias of Brazil was given disabled sportsperson of the year award. He won the award for the third time while the New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup-winning team, All Blacks was adjudged team of the year, with their captain Dan Carter bagging the comeback of the year award.
A special spirit of sport award was given posthumously to Johan Cruyff. He was given the award for helping to deliver sport-related projects for underprivileged children around the world. The Netherlands football legend died of cancer last month aged 68.
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Laureus World Sports Awards, known as the Oscars of Sports is an annual award to honour the notable sporting personalities and their achievements of the previous year. It was established in 1999 by founding patrons Daimler and Richemont and is supported by its global partners Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen.