Springboks nominated for Laureus Team of the Year

16 Janvier, 2020, 08:07 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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'If I wanted to identify a figure that symbolises the unity that sport has brought about in 2019, Siya Kolisi comes straight to mind, ' said the former All Blacks captain.

Laureus World Sports Awards recognises the best of the best in the world of sports and Kipchoge will battle out against the Ballon d'Or victor with the awardee being crowned in a prestigious ceremony in Berlin, Germany on February 17.

The World Cup-winning Springboks have been nominated in the Team of the Year category at this year's Laureus World Sports Awards.

Joining them are six-time Formula 1 Drivers and Constructors World Champions Mercedes AMG Petronas, Rugby World Cup champions South Africa, the first Canadian team to win the NBA Championship Toronto Raptors, and two-time FIBA World Cup winners Spain Men's Basketball Team.

This is Hamilton's sixth nomination for the top award at the so-called "Oscars of the sporting world", following on from 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2009 - but he's never won "Sportsman of the Year".

'I greatly admire the way Kolisi led his team and how he has transcended his leadership role within rugby to become a leader and a role model for his entire country'.

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Mick Schumacher could follow in his father's footsteps by winning the "Moment of the Year" award, for driving his father's F2004 around Hockenheim, 15 years after Michael's historic seventh title success in the same machine.

Motor Racing champion Lewis Hamilton (Britain), Motor Cycling champion Marc Marquez, Tennis veteran Rafael Nadal and Golf legend Tiger Woods will also be competing against Messi and Kipchoge.

World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge was pitted against legendary footballer, Barcelona's Lionel Messi, for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year. Tennis has come away with at least one win in 17 of the 20 awards shows.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka is in the mix for the Sportswoman of the Year award, with the remaining nominees being Simone Biles (gymnastics), Allyson Felix and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (athletics), Megan Rapinoe (soccer) and Mikaela Shiffrin (skiing).

Six of the highest achieving para-athletes of 2019 make up the Nominees for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award. Also in contention for the Action Award are U.S. skateboarding world champion Nyjah Huston and Canadian snowboarding star and slopestyle X-Games gold medallist Mark McMorris.

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