Novak Djokovic, Usain Bolt and Lionel Messi are all up for the Laureus best male athlete of the year award.
Djokovic and the world’s fastest man have won the honor in the past, while Messi will be seeking to win the award for the first time when the gala is held in Germany next month. China’s Liu Cuiqing, a 24-year-old visually impaired runner, is up for top disabled athlete.
Djokovic won the award in 2014 and 2011 and collected three Grand Slam titles last year. Bolt won three gold medals at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, and Messi won the 2015 Ballon d'Or. They are joined by Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton, NBA MVP Stephen Curry and top-ranked golfer Jordan Spieth.
In the best female athlete category, 2015 winner Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia was again named, along with Jamaica’s 100m world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, U.S. tennis star Serena Williams, who came close to winning all four Grand Slam titles, Alpine skiing world champion Anna Fenninger of Austria, U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky and American footballer Carli Lloyd.
New Zealand’s rugby squad, the All Blacks, is in the running for the team award, having successfully defended its crown at the 2015 World Cup.
Liu was nominated in the disability category with Boccia player Leung Yuk Wing from Hong Kong. The 17th edition of the Laureus World Sports Awards will be held April 18 in Berlin.
- Editor:Justine | Source: Agencies
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