Famously known as the "The Sports Oscars", the Laureus World Sports Awards is a prestigious global sports awards ceremony which is held annually at various locations around the globe to honour the most remarkable individuals and achievements of the year from the sporting landscape.
The awards were established by the founding patrons (Daimler & Richemont) of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in 1999, and are supported by its partners Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen. The aim of Laureus Sport for Good is to use the power of sports to end violence, discrimination & disadvantage in order to prove that sports have the potential to make a difference in the world.
The nominees are selected by a panel of world’s sports media and influencers who shortlist six persons in the categories – World Sportsman of the Year, World Sportswoman of the Year, World Breakthrough of the Year, World Comeback of the Year and World Team of the Year. For categories, World Action Sportsperson of the Year and the World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability, nominees are decided by specialist panels. Some discretionary awards like Spirit of Sport, Lifetime Achievement and Exceptional Achievement can also be presented by the Academy.
The final award winners are selected by a voting process conducted amongst the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy consisting of all the giants of the global sport. A Laureus statuette, crafted by Cartier is presented to each of the winners.