Laureus World Sports Awards

The Laureus World Sports Awards have been presented annually since 2000 to sports men and women who have been outstanding in sport during the previous year.

It is a two-stage selection process - first a selection panel of the world's leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters from over 80 countries vote to create a shortlist of nominations in each category, then the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy vote by secret ballot to select the winners from these lists. In the first year, 2000, there were only 3 nominees in each category, which increased to 5 from 2001-2003, and it has been 6 nominees since then.

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Football/Soccer is clearly the world's most popular sport, and has the most popular athletes, but which sport has the fittest players (but not necessarily the greatest athlete). These players do not always earn the most.

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