Laureus World Sports Awards 2014.
It was a colourful mix of guests who attended the renowned Istana Budaya National Theatre, also known as the Palace of Culture, in the equally colourful Malaysian city. Both the German and Austrian sportsmen and women were in with a good chance of taking home prizes. They were nominated for a coveted Laureus World Sports Award in no less than four categories. Three-time champions FC Bayern Munich and the Red Bull Formula 1 team were looking to take home the trophy in the category “Laureus World Team of the Year”. Here, they were up against the Brazilian national football team, New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team, NBA team Miami Heat, as well as the tennis brothers Bob & Mike Bryan from the USA. In the end, it was another win for FC Bayern Munich.
The sports oscars.
Also nominated for “Laureus Sportswoman of the Year” was Nadine Angerer. The captain of Germany’s national women’s football team and international player faced tough competition from six-time swimming world champion Missy Franklin, Jamaican athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Russia’s star pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, Slovenia’s ski ace Tina Maze and the American tennis player Serena Williams. The prize was then awarded, to thundering applause, to Missy Franklin. Pole vaulter Raphael Holzdeppe was nominated in the category “Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year”, alongside the Afghan cricket team, motorsport star Marc Márquez, the Columbian racing cyclist Nairo Quintana, as well as golfers Justin Rose and Adam Scott.
Laureus Academy Chairman Edwin Moses was excited: “I have never seen such a close call in so many categories. There is a great balance between the big names and the “ones to watch”, such as Missy Franklin and Marc Márquez. We really have the crème de la crème of the sporting world here.” In the end, it was Marc Marquéz who was awarded the accolade of “Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year”. Not forgetting the many spectacular comebacks, the category “Laureus World Comeback of the Year” was up for grabs among track and field athlete Yelena Isinbayeva, the Oracle sailing team, basketball star Tony Parker, football professional Ronaldinho, golfing star Tiger Woods and, again, tennis ace Rafael Nadal who took the prize home in the end.
After displaying a great sporting performance this year, skierMarie Bochet, wheelchair racers Marcel Hug and Tatyana McFadden, as well as swimmers Sophie Pascoe, Sarah Louise Rung and Olga Sviderska, all received a nomination for the Laureus Award 'World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability'.
The coveted trophies are not the only focus of the Laureus World Sports Awards. The event not only recognises top sporting achievements, but uses the power of sport to push for change in society.
The earnings from the Laureus World Sports Awards benefit the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and provide the basis for the foundation's work which supports more than 140 sports-related social projects worldwide and has already improved the lives of more than 1.5 million children and young people.