Nelson Mandela, who was to become Patron of Laureus, delivers the speech that has become the driving force for the Laureus Movement. He said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair.”



The Mathare Youth Sports Association becomes the very first Laureus-supported project.

Cathy Freeman wins the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award. She would later become a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy.



Laureus Academy Members Boris Becker and Edwin Moses visit the Midnight Basketball Project in Virginia.

Sean Connery pays tribute to Laureus Academy Member Peter Blake, who was murdered in late 2001 by pirates while monitoring environment change on the Amazon River. Connery recited the poem Sea Fever by John Masefield in Blake’s honour.



Edwin Moses leads ten Laureus Academy legends, including Nadia Comaneci (pictured), on a ground-breaking visit to China. They visited the Lu Jia Zui Special School where they were given a traditional Chinese welcome were more than a hundred children cheered out their greeting.

Stars of the Americas Cup take part in a special Laureus Regatta ahead of the Awards in Monaco.



Laureus Academy Member Sean Fitzpatrick and Tony Hawk travel to Sierra Leone to visit the Right To Play SportWorks project, initiated in September 2002, with funding from the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Gary Player finds a novel way of reaching the height of Michelle Wie as he hands her the Laureus World Newcomer of the Year Award.



Monica Seles becomes a Laureus Academy Member and is immediately in action for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, visiting the Fight Back project in Crotona in South Bronx.

Roger Federer wins the first of his four Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Awards in Estoril, Portugal.



Marcel Desailly and Michael Johnson, visit the Laureus Sport for Good supported project in Mathare, Kenya, The Mathare Youth Sports Association, which uses football as the catalyst for social change, On the same East African trip, five-times Olympic gold medal winner Johnson led a visit to the Community Based AIDS Programme in Kampala to celebrate five years of Laureus support.

At the Barcelona Awards Valentino Rossi arrives on stage to receive the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award in style… on his motorbike.



Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Daley Thompson visit the ground-breaking Laureus supported ‘Courir Pour La Vie’ project near Casablanca.

King Juan Carlos of Spain takes part in the Mercedes-Benz racing challenge before attending the Awards Ceremony in Barcelona.



Laureus World Sports Academy Member Marcel Desailly receives an enthusiastic welcome from hundreds of young people when he returned to Ghana, the country of his birth, to visit the Laureus supported Sport and Skills project run by OrphanAid Africa.

The audience at the Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony in St. Petersburg, Russia are delighted by a ballet performance accompanied by live orchestral music.



Laureus World Sports Academy members Cathy Freeman, Robby Naish, Daley Thompson and Steve Waugh, visit the Indigenous Sports Program surfing-based project at Jan Juc, near Geelong, in Victoria, Australia.

Bolt receives the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award from Michael Johnson and Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses on the eve of the Festival of Excellence track and field meet in Toronto, Canada.



Martina Navratilova leads a team of 27 people on climb of Mt Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation charity.

Every year at the Laureus World Sports Awards, exclusive press conferences are held featuring the biggest names in world sport. In 2010, year of the FIFA World Cup, Franz Beckenbauer appeared alongside then England coach Fabio Capello.



Laureus World Sports Academy Members Sebastian Coe, American sprint star Michael Johnson and five-times Olympic gold medal rower Steve Redgrave team up to launch a new partnership between the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and Track Academy in Willesden, North London.

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award Winner Rafael Nadal delighted the audience in Abu Dhabi by closing the Ceremony with a table tennis match with host Kevin Spacey.



Laureus sporting greats Marcus Allen and Edwin Moses launch an innovative scheme to train 250 coaches to work in sports-based youth development projects in disadvantaged areas of United States cities as Laureus USA expands.

Boris Becker is now the coach of 2012 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award Winner Novak Djokovic. At the Awards Ceremony in London that year, it was his duty to hand over the famous Laureus Statuette to the Serbian tennis great.



Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in the history of sport, visits the Complexo Esportivo da Rocinha, situated in a large favela in Rio de Janeiro, ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards where he won the Exceptional Achievement Award.



The Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony travels to South East Asia for the first time. Swim star Missy Franklin wins the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award and Sebastian Vettel wins Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.

Laureus secure a Sport for Good legacy in Malaysia following the Awards Ceremony by partnering with Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) to benefit young people in Malaysia through the use of sport.



On the eve of the Awards in Shanghai, a partnership between Laureus and Mercedes-Benz was announced which will bring about the development of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in China, benefitting hundreds of thousands of young people throughout the country, and further securing a Sport for Good legacy in Asia.

This year’s Laureus World Sports Awards took place in China for the first time. Genzebe Dibaba’s incredible achievements in 2014 saw her win the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award while tennis star Novak Djokovic picked up his second Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.




The Laureus World Sports Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of sportsmen and sportswomen around the world, returned to Europe in 2016. The Awards were hosted in Germany for the first time, held in Berlin on April 18, 2016.

In front of a global television and online audience, the Awards were attended by the biggest names in sport, both past and present. The event returned to Europe for the first time since London in 2012, after taking place in leading sports cities around the world in recent years, including Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai.

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It was in Monaco where the very first Laureus Awards were held in 2000 and where President Nelson Mandela made the speech which ushered in the creation of Laureus Sport for Good, a movement that uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage and shows that sport really can change the world.

The Awards Ceremony consists of seven categories with the potential for additional discretionary Awards given. Each winner receives the Laureus Statuette, crafted by Cartier, with its representation of the striving human form against an engraved representation of the continents.

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A glittering collection of the greatest sportsmen, sportswomen and teams were nominated for the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a global vote by the world’s media.

Hosted in Monaco on February 27, sport’s most prestigious Awards Ceremony, honoured these outstanding athletes and recognised the greatest sporting triumphs of last year.