Laureus Spirit of Sport Award

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Laureus Spirit of Sport Award
Awarded for"those individual athletes or teams who, through their remarkable success, their refusal to accept defeat or their unquestionable contribution to the enjoyment of the game"[1]
LocationMonaco (2017)[2]
Presented byLaureus Sport for Good Foundation
First awarded2005
Currently held byLeicester City F.C. (ENG)
Websitelaureus17.laureus.com/winners/

The Laureus Spirit of Sport Award is an award honouring "those individual athletes or teams who, through their remarkable success, their refusal to accept defeat or their unquestionable contribution to the enjoyment of the game".[1] It was first awarded in 2005 as one of the discretionary awards presented during the Laureus World Sports Awards.[3] The awards are presented by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a global organisation involved in more than 150 charity projects supporting 500,000 young people.[4] The first ceremony was held on 25 May 2000 in Monte Carlo, at which Nelson Mandela gave the keynote speech.[5] The recipient is presented with a Laureus statuette, created by Cartier, at an annual awards ceremony held in various locations around the world.[6] Although the Laureus Awards ceremony is held annually, the Spirit of Sport Award is not necessarily presented every time; it is one of a number of discretionary awards that can be given by the Laureus World Sports Academy.[3] Since its establishment, no award has been made four times, in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

The inaugural winner of the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award in 2005 was the American baseball team Boston Red Sox who won their first World Series for 86 years in the 2004 Major League Baseball season. As of 2017, five teams and four individuals have received the award. One of these individuals was honoured posthumously: Dutch former footballer and coach Johan Cruyff won the accolade in 2016, having died the previous month; his award was presented to his son Jordi Cruyff by fellow Dutchman Ruud Gullit at the ceremony in Berlin.[7] No award was made in 2018;[8] the most recent recipient of the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award was the English Premier League-winning football team Leicester City F.C. in 2017.[9]

Recipients[edit]

Key
daggerIndicates posthumous award
YearImageWinnerNationalitySportNotesRef
2005Boston Red Sox with George W Bush in 2005Boston Red Sox USABaseballThe Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 World Series, capturing their first championship in 86 years.[10]
2006Valentino Rossi at the British Grand Prix in 2005Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi ITAMotoGPRossi won his fifth straight MotoGP Championship.[11]
2007FC Barcelona in 2007FC Barcelona ESPFootballAgreement with UNICEF to fund support to children's AIDS-related programmes, and to display charity's name on their shirts[12]
2008Dick Pound in 2010Pound, DickDick Pound CANAdministrationPresident of the World Anti-Doping Agency for eight years[13]
2009zzzNo award[14]
2010zzzNo award[15]
20112010 Ryder Cup logoEuropean Ryder Cup Team EUGolfEurope retained the Ryder Cup over Team USA with a win in the final pairing.[16]
2012zzzNo award[17]
2013zzzNo award[18]
2014Afghanistan national cricket team in 2010Afghanistan national cricket team AFGCricket"In recognition of their swift rise in world cricket and their maiden qualification to the one-day World Cup"[19]
2015Yao Ming in 2014Ming, YaoYao Ming CHNBasketballHuge increase in popularity of basketball in China as a result of his NBA career[20]
2016Johan Cruyff in 2013Cruyff, JohanJohan Cruyff dagger NEDFootballPosthumous award to "legendary" footballer and coach[21]
2017Leicester City F.C. lifting the Premier League trophy in 2016Leicester City F.C. ENGFootballWinning the Premier League by ten points despite being 5,000 to 1 outsiders[9]
2018zzzNo award[8]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Sugden, John; Tomlinson, Alan (30 April 2017). Sport and Peace-Building in Divided Societies: Playing with Enemies. Taylor and Francis. p. 163. ISBN 1-136-29233-0. Archived from the original on 18 October 2017. 
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  8. ^ a b "The winners of the year 2018 are". Laureus. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
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  10. ^ "Federer is Laureus sportsman of the year". The Hindu. 18 May 2005. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  11. ^ "Spirited Rossi steals show at Laureus Awards". IOL. 24 May 2006. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
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  16. ^ "Rafael Nadal and Lindsey Vonn win Laureus awards". BBC Sport. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2017. 
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  18. ^ "Winners – 2013". Laureus. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
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  20. ^ Coonan, Clifford (18 April 2015). "Laureus Sports Awards ceremony shows China's difficulties". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  21. ^ "Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 Winners". Laureus. 18 April 2016. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.