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The Laureus World Sports Awards is held annually, celebrating the most remarkable men and women from the world of sport along with their achievements from the previous calendar year.
To find the winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards a Selection Panel of the world’s leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters vote to create a shortlist of six nominations in five 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 and Laureus World Comeback of the Year.
The nominations for two additional categories - the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year and the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability are produced by Specialist Panels.
The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy then vote by secret ballot to select the Award winners in all seven categories.
Though the Awards bring a high profile focus onto the very best of professional sport, it is also those at the most grassroots level that benefit too. That is because proceeds from the Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which supports 134 community projects around the world.
And these projects have already helped to improve the lives of more than one-and-half million young people through the use of sport.