The Laureus World Sports Awards

The Laureus World Sports Academy is an association of 62 of the World's greatest retired sporting legends who volunteer their time to support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. They also vote each year to decide the winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards by voting in a secret ballot.

Laureus awards: the 'Oscar of Sports'

Bangalore, March 07,2017

The Laureus World Sports Awards 2017

Beatrice Vio: Beatrice Maria "Bebe" Vio (born 4 March 1997) is an Italian wheelchair fencer, European champion in 2014 and 2016, World champion in 2015, and Paralympic champion in 2016 in the foil B category. Beatrice Vio, the only quadruple amputee (In late 2008 she contracted what was first thought to be a common flu, but turned out to be severe meningitis. Necrosis led to the amputation of both her legs from the knee, and both her arms from the fore arms ) in international wheelchair fencing, clinched the disability award. See video below.
She uses a special prosthetics ( an artificial device that replaces a missing body part,) to hold her foil ( the sword), fencing from the shoulder.


Laureus awards: the 'Oscar of Sports'

Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick said"You always know in an Olympic year you are going to see a strong group of Nominees and this year has certainly proved that. What delights me is that we have an amazing mix of some of the greatest names in sport who have been performing at the highest level for as long as a decade, combined with some of the most exciting new faces we have seen for many years. It really is going to be an exceptional Laureus Awards 2017."
The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award ceremony honoring remarkable individuals from the world of sports along with the greatest sporting achievements throughout the year. To find the winners of the Awards, the Laureus Nominations Panel composed of professional sports editors, writers and broadcasters vote to create a shortlist of six nominations in five categories:
1. Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.     2. Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year    3. Laureus World Team of the Year   4. Laureus World Comeback of the Year       5. Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Prior to 2007, this award was called Newcomer of the Year.
The nominees of the two remaining categories are chosen by specialist panels:     6. Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Prior to 2007, this award was called Alternative Sportsperson of the Year.    7. Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.     Then, members of the Laureus World Sports Academy select the winner by voting in a secret ballot.
The Laureus World Sports Academy is an association of 62 of the World's greatest retired sporting legends who volunteer their time to support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. They also vote each year to decide the winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards. Among 62 memebersThree famous legends are from India: Kapil Dev - cricket    Rahul Dravid - cricket   Sachin Tendulkar - cricket

2017 the winners are:

  1. The Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Usain Bolt (track and field, Jamaica)
  2. The Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: SimThe Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Beatrice Vio (fencing, Italy)one Biles (gymnastics, US)
  3. The Laureus WorldTeam of the Year: TheChicago Cubs
  4. The Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Michael Phelps (swimming, US)
  5. The Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Nico Rosberg (Formula 1)
  6. The Laureus WorldSport for Good Award: for Sporting Inspiration: The Refugee Olympic Team
  7. The Laureus World Best Sporting Moment: Barcelona Under-12 team
  8. The Laureus Sport for Good Award: Waves for Change
  9. The Laureus Sport Spirit of Sport Award: Leicester City (Soccer)

Among these ten winners, notable, admirable stars are:
Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Beatrice Vio, Simone Biles and The Refugee Olympic Team.
Winners receive a Cartier Laureus statuette of the human form against an engraving of the continents.

Usain Bolt:

Bolt, who won this award in 2009, 2010 and 2013, walked away with the 'Oscar of Sports' for the fourth time, joining tennis legends Roger Federer (Fedrer won this award four yeras ina row) and Serena Williams, and surfer Kelly Slater as four-time Laureus award winner.
Bolt received his award from legendary Michael Johnson, who urged him not to break other people's records. To which Bolt responded by saying, "I am sorry to have broken your record."

Simone Biles:

Simone Biles: who is the first women's gymnast in 32 years to win four gold medals in a single Olympic Games, notched up the 'Sportswoman of the Year' trophy, She received the trophy from Nadia Comaneci . (Nadia Elena Comaneci is a Romanian former gymnast who, at the age of 14, became the first gymnast in Olympic history to be awarded the perfect score of 10.0 at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.) Biles is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medallist. She was part of the gold medal-winning team dubbed the "Final Five" at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro received the award on Tuesday in Monte Carlo, Monaco, saying in her acceptance speech: "Wow! I am speechless, it's an honor to receive this award from Prince Albert and Nadia Comaneci, who I looked up to for so many years. This award isn't only for me but also for all the other nominees in my category. We went through everything to be where we are. We have achieved so much, so thank you so much. "

Michael Phelps:

The most decorated Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps bagged the 'Comeback of the Year' award after returning to the swimming pool and scooping five more gold medals. After the 2012 Olympics, Phelps retired from swimming but came out of the retirement and subsequently at the Rio Games last year, he bagged as many as five gold medals and a silver. "Looking back at my career today, I can say that Rio was my greatest race," said Phelps. It was an especially emotional night for Michael Phelps, who reflected on his swimming career and incredible year of both swimming and marriage and fatherhood. Upon accepting his award for Laureus World Comeback of the Year, Phelps told the crowd: "I was searching for pure happiness...I found it."

Olympic refugee team:

Olympic refugee team, led by Tegla Loroupe, won the Laureus Sport for Good award for sporting inspiration. The Refugee Olympic Team competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016, as independent Olympic participants. In March 2016 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach declared that the IOC would choose five to ten refugees to compete at the Rio Olympics, in the context of the "worldwide refugee crisis", of which the European migrant crisis is a prominent part. The athletes compete under the Olympic Flag. Initially, they were labeled "Team of Refugee Olympic Athletes", with the IOC country code ROA, but this was updated to Refugee Olympic Team with the country code ROT. As part of an effort "to show solidarity with the world's refugees", the United Nations Refugee Agency selected Ibrahim Al-Hussein, a Syrian refugee residing in Athens, Greece, to carry the Olympic flame through the Eleonas refugee and migrant camp in the city as part of the 2016 torch relay.

Social Projects by Laureus:

Proceeds from the Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which supports over 150 community projects in several countries. "MAGIG BUS" is one of them. These projects have already helped to improve the lives of more than one-and-half million young people. Please visit:
They operate in over 35 countries
They have supported over 150 projects
They have changed the lives of millions of young people
Laureus-supported projects are at work on every continent tackling issues such as gang violence, lack of education, racial intolerance, and HIV/AIDS.


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Mariyappan Thangavelu

It did look like India would take home both the gold and the silver in the T42 high jump event in Rio2016 Para Olympics.....
Mariyappan Thangavelu became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the T 42 high jump event of the Paralympic games in Rio de Janiero on Saturday. Thangavelu's medal was joined by a bronze medal won in the same event by Varun Singh Bhati that brought India's overall medal tally in Rio to two.
Thangavelu's feat is being lauded all over the country. Politicians, sportsmen and celebrities congragulated the two medallists on social media. Thangavelu and Bhati's achievment comes on day two of the Rio Paralympics in the T42 high jump event. The T42 is a disability classifications for sports events in which athletes have single above the knee amputations or comparable disability.
The video of Thangavelu's gold-medal winning jump shows the athlete taking his starting position in the Olypmic Stadium. All eyes were on him as there was no other event happening in the stadium at the time. Thangavelu then takes his run-up and finally, the stadium cheered as he lifted his hands in the air after completing the 1.89 metre-jump.
Thangavelu's gold medal was followed by USA's Sam Grewe and the bronze medal went to Varun Singh Bhati, both of whom jumped 1.86 metres. India's had a third medal prospect in Sharad Kumar. Kumar was leading the pack at one point after clearing hurdles of 1.55m and 1.60m but he could only register a best of 1.77m, which brought him a sixth place finish.
It did look like India would take home both the gold and the silver in the T42 high jump event when Varun Singh Bhati completed his jump. But Sam Grewe stepped up to equal his jump and temporarily top the table. Thangavelu then upstaged then upstaged the American and secured gold.
Mariyappan Thangavelu's gold medal jump in Men's T42 High Jump final - Rio 2016 Paralympics.

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Venus Williams Vs Sjogren's Syndrome(SjS)

Bangalore, February 01 ,2017

Let us look back SEPT. 1, 2011, at the time of US OPEN:
Venus Williams wore a lacy white short-sleeve top, blue jeans and sandals. Her hair fell in soft curls past her shoulders, her dangly silver-dollar-size earrings shimmered in the light. The tennis superstar already plotting her return despite a chronic autoimmune disease. Sjogren's syndrome, the disease, is difficult to diagnose because those who have it often appear the picture of health even when they do not have the energy to sit for a portrait.
"The fatigue is hard to explain unless you have it," Williams said. "Some mornings I feel really sick, like when you don't get a lot of sleep or you have a flu or cold. I always have some level of tiredness. And the more I tried to push through it, the tougher it got." Williams, 31, has won 10 tournaments in the last four years despite feeling fatigued and having difficulty breathing, symptoms she knows now are associated with Sjogren's.

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