Monday, 17 February, 2020


Springboks nominated for Laureus Team of the Year

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk lifts the Champions League trophy aloft Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk lifts the Champions League trophy aloft
Noah Ferguson | 16 January, 2020, 12:44

Also nominated are Eliud Kipchoge, the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours and golf legend Tiger Woods, who won his 15th Major Championship at The Masters.

2020 nominee Mercedes took top spoils in "Team of the Year" category in 2018, a feat also achieved by Renault in 2006 and Brawn GP in 2010.

Cape Town - The Springboks have been nominated in the Team of the Year category at the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards to be held in Berlin next month.

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.

Laureus World Sports Awards recognises the best of the best in the world of sports and Kipchoge will battle out against the Ballon d'Or victor with the awardee being crowned in a prestigious ceremony in Berlin, Germany on February 17.

Mercedes, also no strangers to tough competition, are in the running for the "World Team of the Year" award against Champions League winners Liverpool, Rugby World Cup winners South Africa, NBA champions Toronto Raptors, the Women's World Cup-winning United States Football Team and FIBA World Cup-winning Spanish basketball team.

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.

Liverpool, who recovered from a three-goal first-leg deficit to beat Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final, will come up against Andy Murray in the Comeback of the Year category.

Other categories in the awards include the Sportswoman of the year, the team of the year, the breakthrough of the year, the comeback of the year, sportsperson of the year with a disability and action sportsperson of the year.

Also nominated are 19-year-old German Formula 3 driver Sophia Flörsch, who returned to racing after her vehicle hit a fence at 170mph during a race in 2018, Australian rugby star Christian Lealiifano, who returned to represent his country in the Rugby World Cup after battling leukemia, basketball star Kawhi Leonard, who overcame injury to help the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA Championship and U.S. swimmer Nathan Adrian who recovered from testicular cancer to win his 15th and 16th world titles.

Victor of the award will officially be announced on Monday, February 17, in Berlin, Germany.

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