Novak Djokovic wins second Laureus award
Novak Djokovic wins his second Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, while Li Na is honoured with special prize
Novak Djokovic, the Germany World Cup football team and brilliant young athlete Genzebe Dibaba were the big winners as the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards were unveiled in Shanghai.
World No1 Djokovic won his second Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award after another brilliant 12 months which featured a second Wimbledon victory.
“This is probably the crown of my 2014 season that has been highlighted with winning Wimbledon, regaining number one in the world and becoming a father. It has probably been my best year so far in my life,” he said.
Oliver Bierhoff, manager of the Germany team, was at the Awards Ceremony to receive the Laureus World Team of the Year Award following the historic victory last year when Germany became the first European team to win the World Cup in South America. It was Germany’s fourth World Cup triumph.
Bierhoff said: “At the final whistle we were together on the pitch, the coaches, players, team staff members, it was such a connection amongst us. For the coaches and some of the players and me it was a ten year project. And we were so happy at this moment.”
Retired tennis star Li Na, who has fostered a dramatic growth of the sport in China after winning two Grand Slam championships, was given the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award, while basketball legend Yao Ming, who had a stunning career with Houston Rockets until he retired in 2011, was honoured with the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award.
The 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards winners
World Sportsman of the Year: Novak Djokovic
World Sportswoman of the Year: Genzebe Dibaba
World Team of the Year: Germany Men’s Football Team
World Breakthrough of the Year: Daniel Ricciardo
World Comeback of the Year: Schalk Burger
World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Tatyana McFadden
World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Alan Eustace