Laureus World Sports Awards: the winners.
The winners’ time has come.
The presentation of the Laureus World Sports Awards was once again a major success. Not only because of the outstanding skills of the host, Benedict Cumberbatch: This year, the world’s best athletes traveled to Shanghai for the presentation of the coveted Laureus Award. Primarily, the German national football team had a reason to celebrate: The team and their national trainer, Joachim Löw, received the award for the “World Team of the Year”. Oliver Bierhoff, manager of the German national football team, was at the Awards Ceremony to receive the Laureus World Team of the Year Award following the historic victory last year when Germany became the first European team to win the FIFA World Cup in South America. It was Germany’s fourth World Cup triumph.
Bierhoff said: “At the final whistle we were together on the pitch, the coaches, players, team staff members, there was such a connection amongst us. For the coaches and some of the players and me it was a ten-year project. And we were so happy at this moment.”
Elite of sports.
Further big winners of the evening were the world’s current top tennis player, Novak Djokovic, and the Ethiopian light athlete, Genzebe Dibaba. The Serbian Novak Djokovic has been chosen as the “World Sportsman of the Year” for the second time because of his exceptional sporting performance in the 2014 season, crowned by a Wimbledon victory. “It was probably the best year of my life”, said the tennis player in an interview. The German national football team also had a reason to celebrate: The team and their national trainer, Joachim Löw, received the award for the “World Team of the Year”.
A high-class sports jury.
The Laureus World Sports Awards are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar. The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 50 of the greatest living sportsmen and sportswomen. Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Since its inception, Laureus has raised 60 million Euros for projects which have improved the lives of millions of young people.
Mercedes-Benz is founding partner.
Since its grounding in the year 2000, Mercedes-Benz supports and promotes the goals and values of this worldwide charitable program. The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation helps to improve the lives of disadvantaged or sick children and young adults with social sport projects. The Foundation has become a fundamental part of Mercedes-Benz’s social responsibilities. As such, every new vehicle from as the brand with the star is an ambassador of these values.