Hamilton and Mercedes nominated for 2020 Laureus award

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk lifts the Champions League trophy aloft

Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka, Lionel Messi, and Megan Rapinoe are nominated for Sportspersons of the Year. Furthermore, the "Sporting Moment of the Year" category features a certain Mick Schumacher.

The 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards will be held on Monday February 17 in Berlin.

The Boks previously won the prestigious accolade in 2008, following their World Cup triumph in France the year before.

After being picked as the World Rugby Team of the Year in December, the Boks are now in line for another global award from Laureus.

The Silver Arrows squad will be battling Liverpool FC (Football), the South Africa Rugby Union Team, Spain's Men's Basketball Team, the United States' Women's Football Team and Canadian basketball team, the Toronto Raptors.

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has been nominated alongside five others in the Laureus20 World Sports Awards under the Sportsman of the Year category.

In the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year category gymnast Simone Biles, bidding for her third Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, is nominated along with track and field stars Allyson Felix and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Fifa Women's World Cup Golden Ball and Golden Boot victor Megan Rapinoe.

The "World Comeback of the Year" nominees personify the true spirit, determination and tenacity of athletes who have overcome hurdles to return to the playing field.

Osaka's not the only young WTA star up for an award as Bianca Andreescu is nominated for Breakthrough of the Year, and so is 15-year-old Coco Gauff.

There is further interest from a SA point of view in the Sporting Moment of the last 20 years - which is a celebration of the Laureus World Sports Awards' 20th anniversary - where former Olympic swimmer Natalie du Toit has been nominated.

Six of the highest achieving para-athletes make up the nominees for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award, which includes Cuba's Omara Durand, the world's fastest female Paralympian in 2019, and U.S. skier and cyclist Oksana Masters, born with deformities caused by radiation from Chernobyl.

In the Laureus "World Action Sportsperson of the Year" category, world surfing champions Italo Ferreira and Carissa Moore are joined by 2019 Action Sportsperson victor and snowboarding world champion Chloe Kim and 11-year-old Brazilian skateboarder Rayssa Leal, the youngest Nominee for the 2020 Laureus Awards.

The victor of the award will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Berlin next month.



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