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Anthony Joshua Nominated For Laureus World Sports Award

An impressive collection of the greatest men, women and teams in sport have been nominated for the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s sports media.                     

Tennis superstar Roger Federer’s impressive return to form after a knee injury, which saw him win his fifth Australian Open and eighth Wimbledon titles, sees him nominated in both the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and Laureus World Comeback of the Year categories. Federer, who is currently a four-time Award winner could become the most decorated Laureus Award winner at the 2018 ceremony in Monaco on February 27.

The football world also features heavily, with Cristiano Ronaldo up for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, Real Madrid nominated for Laureus World Team of the Year, Kylian Mbappé in contention for Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year and FC Barcelona and Chapecoense nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award.

Joining Federer and Ronaldo in what is sure to be a hotly contested Laureus World Sportsman of the Year category is athletics world championships 10,000m gold and 5,000m silver medal-winning athlete Mo Farah, four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and French and US Open champion Rafael Nadal.

In the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year category Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza and three-time 800m world champion Caster Semenya join an all-American quartet of Australian Open champion Serena Williams, 16-time world athletics championship medalist Allyson Felix, 19-year-old swimming sensation Katie Ledecky and Overall World Cup champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

An array of sports compile the six Nominees in the Laureus World Team of the Year category; tennis’ France Davis Cup Team, NBA Champions Golden State Warriors, Formula One World Champions Mercedes-AMG Petronas, Super Bowl champions New England Patriots, sailing’s New Zealand America’s Cup Team, and Champions League winners Real Madrid.

After a stellar year in the ring in which he unified the WBA, IBO and IBF heavyweight titles, boxer Anthony Joshua is nominated in the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year category. Nominated alongside Joshua are French football star Kylian Mbappé, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia, Greek NBA basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo and American swimming star Caeleb Dressel.  

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Following their remarkable Champions League 6-1 comeback against Paris St Germain, FC Barcelona are in contention for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year category. After impressive returns to form after their respective injuries, Roger Federer, Italian MotoGP star Valentino Rossi and 100m hurdle world champion Sally Pearson are also in consideration alongside 100m sprint world champion Justin Gatlin and Brazilian football club Chapecoense, who made a remarkable return to competition after being involved in a tragic plane crash.

A group of the greatest para-athletes of 2017 make up the incredible group of Nominees for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability category. Marcel Hug, who won three world titles and five leading marathons is joined by three-time Grand Slam winning wheelchair tennis player Yui Kamiji, four-time world champion cross-country skier Oksana Masters, snowboarder Bibian Mentel-Spee, Ironman Para world champion Jetze Plat and T44 Long Jump world champion Markus Rehm.

Surfing world champions Tyler Wright and John John Florence lead the Nominations for the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year. Also shortlisted are champion snowboarders Anna Gasser and Mark McMorris, skateboarder Nyjah Huston and French sailor Armel Le Cléac'h, who set a new record of 74 days for completing the Vendée Globe, the single-handed non-stop race around the world.

The winners, as voted for by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be revealed in Monaco on February 27.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-17-2018

joshua might as well get the 'pimp' of the year award for laying one on Khan's wife..not to mention all the lowkey white housewifes he might be smashing

Comment by Bonduu on 01-17-2018

Good recognition for boxing for AJ being nominated, he might not win but at least boxing got recognized. For all you haters/losers out there, AJ thinks nothing of your bile hate, keep hating while he makes £££ off your hating…

Comment by TheBigLug on 01-17-2018

[QUOTE=BodiesInFlight;18413496]Every one knows Fury beat Klitschko but your man decided to do drugs and eat pies. Maybe he could get an award for a pie eating contest?[/QUOTE] Maybe he could, i'm sure he probably could. Still doesn't change the fact…

Comment by BodiesInFlight on 01-17-2018

[QUOTE=TheBigLug;18413420]He beat a guy that Fury had already beaten 18 months earlier in an easier fashion, albeit less exciting.[/QUOTE] Every one knows Fury beat Klitschko but your man decided to do drugs and eat pies. Maybe he could get an…

Comment by Rubber Ducky on 01-17-2018

[QUOTE=Tom Cruise;18413385]People complaining already, but why couldnt he be nominated for Breakthrough sportsman of the year? It was a breakout year for him, and he is now a megastar in this country and a star around the world. Mbappe should…

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