On February 18th 2019, this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards took place in Monaco with a host of famous faces attending from the sporting world in the company of HSH Prince Albert II.
The Laureus World Sports Academy made up of 68 global sporting legends volunteered their time to vote for the winners in each shortlisted category which recognises sporting achievement in the 2018 calendar year.
The Awards were hosted by actor James Marsden and featured entertainment from Grammy nominated singer songwriter Jorja Smith.
Some highlights include:
- Tennis World No. 1 Novak Djokovic wins fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, equaling athletics icon Usain Bolt’s Laureus record.
- Gymnastics sensation Simone Biles is Sportswoman of the Year after historic world championship performance.
- Naomi Osaka wins Breakthrough Award, Japan’s historic first Laureus Award winner.
- Tiger Woods wins Comeback Award, 19years after winning his first Laureus Award.
Attended by sports stars, celebrities and business leaders from around the world, the Awards also shone a light on the transformational work of Laureus Sport for Good. In 2018, nearly 300,000 young people all over the world directly benefited from more than 160 Laureus Sport for Good supported programmes in 40 countries, working to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage by using sport as the tool for change.
Yuwa, a sport for development organisation that works in the rural region of Jharkhand in northern India received the Laureus Sport for Good Award for their life changing work in using football to improve the lives of young girls from disadvantaged communities. Through football, the girls overcome violence, build self-confidence and start to change perceptions of what a girl from a rural village in India is capable of achieving.
One of Laureus Sport for Good’s key focus areas is promoting equality, empowerment and safety for young women and girls. Of the 296,300 children and young people Laureus Sport for Good programmes reached worldwide in 2018, 49% were young women and girls.
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