Laureus World Sports Awards 2013 were organised in Rio de Janeiro on 11 March 2013. Prestigious awards were claimed by sports stars- Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray and Sebastian Coe.
Jessica Ennis who won heptathlon gold in London 2012 Olympics was awarded the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award at the Theatro Municipal. Andy Murray won the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award. Andy Murray had won Olympic gold in the singles as well as silver in mixed doubles before winning grand slam title at the US Open in 2012.
Sebastian Coe, the Chairman of the London 2012 organising committee acclaimed Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award. Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter won the World Sportsman of the Year award for third time.
Feliz Sanchez, the Dominican athlete won the World Comeback of the Year Award. Daniel Dias, the multiple Paralympic champion swimmer of Brazil was awarded with the title of World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. This was the second time he won the award.
Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver was named as the World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award. Michael Phelps, the American swimmer won the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award.
The Laureus World Team of the Year title was acclaimed by the European Ryder Cup Team which featured 7 UK golfers.
The list of the awardees is as follows:
• Laureus World Sportsman of the Year- Usain Bolt
• Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year- Jessica Ennis
• Laureus World Team of the Year- European Ryder Cup Team
• Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year- Andy Murray
• Laureus World Comeback of the Year- Feliz Sanchez
• Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year- Felix Baumgartner
• Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability- Daniel Dias
About the Laureus World Sports Awards
• Laureus World Sports Awards are the global sports awards which honour the sportsmen and sportswomen for all kinds of sports every year.
• The Laureus Media Selection Panel gives away the awards in six different categories: Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, Laureus World Team of the Year, Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year, Laureus World Comeback of the Year and Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year.
• The Laureus Specialist Panel gives the award in the categories: Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. This award is overseen by Executive Committee of the International Paralympic Committee.
• Laureus is basically the Latin word for laurel, which means universal symbol for victory in sport.
• The winner of the Laureus World Sports Awards receives Laureus statuette, which is 30 cms high as well as 2.5 kg in weight. Every Laureus statuette consists of 670g of solid silver as well as 650g of gold finish base.