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Sports Fans Vote For Their Laureus Sporting Moment Of The Year


  • Laureus Sporting Moment 2021 launches TODAY in a
    global online poll
  • ‘This celebrates something
    special in sport, something very special in life’ says
    Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Sean
    Fitzpatrick
  • Shortlist contains six emotional moments
    from around the world that have touched the hearts of
    millions
  • Click
    here
    to view these inspiring clips and vote for your
    Winner

LONDON,
April 16, 2021 –
Sports fans around the world can
be part of next month’s Laureus World Sports Awards by
voting in a global online poll to pick the Laureus Sporting
Moment of the Year. Voting
opens today
!

The Laureus Sporting Moment Award
celebrates fair play, sportsmanship, dedication or
overcoming adversity. It recognises a unique, emotional
moment or story that touches the hearts of millions and
inspires people worldwide.

Recent winners have
included the FC Barcelona Under 12 team (2017), who consoled
their losing Japanese opponents after the final of the World
Challenge Cup, the Brazilian Chapecoense side (2018), who
returned to football after the disastrous air crash which
wiped out almost all the team, and Chinese double amputee
Xia Boyu (2019) who reached the summit of Mt
Everest.

Each of this year’s shortlisted moments,
below, symbolises the true value of sport and brings to life
the message that sport has the power to change the world and
can unite us all.

AN INCREDIBLE DREAM BECOMES
REAL

It took 16 hours, 46 minutes and 9 seconds
for Chris Nikic, a 21-year-old from Florida, to make
history, becoming the first person with Down’s Syndrome to
complete a full Ironman – 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride
and 26.2 mile marathon run.

DELIVERING
INSPIRATION FOR CHINA

Zhang Fangyong has never
given up his dream of becoming a boxer, no matter what the
obstacles. Now he works as a delivery man to support his
family and to allow him to afford to train. In China
delivery men have made a great contribution to normal life
during Covid-19, and his determination has made him a
national sporting hero.

GERMANY KICKS CORONA
TOGETHER

Bayern Munich players Joshua Kimmich and
Leon Goretzka set up the ‘We Kick Corona’ initiative to
support charities, groups and organisations, who have
struggled during the coronavirus pandemic. So far it has
raised more than €5 million.

MATCH POINT
AGAINST COVID

An improbable tennis match between
two young girls staged on the rooftops of Finale Ligure in
Italy showed that not even Covid-19 lockdown rules could
stop their spirit of friendship and love of sport. Their
reward was an unexpected visit by Roger
Federer.

RACE AGAINST THE ELEMENTS

When
Storm Filomena brought the heaviest snowfall in decades to
Spain, everything stopped. But Dr Álvaro Sanchez was
typical of the resolute spirit of health care workers,
walking 17km (10.5 miles) to reach his Covid-19 patients in
hospital.

SPORT UNITES ACROSS
LOCKDOWNS

When sport was cancelled in Japan
because of Covid-19, many high school boys and girls lost
the chance to showcase their performances for applications
to universities and sports teams. #NeverStopPlayingSports,
founded by two rugby internationals, has filled the
gap.

To view these emotional and inspirational
clips and to VOTE for your favourite, visit www.laureus.com/sporting-moments.
Voting is open until MAY 6, when the winner will be
announced in the Laureus Awards Show in Seville.

Sean
Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy,
said: “In the last five years this Award has given us a
new impetus. Firstly it has involved the sports fans of the
world who can now have their own voice and pick their own
Award winner. But also, it has moved away from the
scoreboard or the winner’s rostrum and celebrates
something very special in sport, something very special in
life.”

Founded in 2000 as the Laureus World Sports
Awards, Laureus has now also become one of the most
influential and active sports-driven social enterprises
through its charitable arm, Laureus Sport for
Good.

Since its inception Laureus has helped to
improve the lives of more than six million children and
young adults, and now supports more than 250 sports-based
community programmes around the world, fulfilling the
visionary words of its First Patron Nelson Mandela –
‘Sport has the power to change the world’.

Laureus
also provides a platform for sportsmen and women to use
their collective voice to highlight and promote the value of
sport in society and use their positions of influence to
make a powerful impact on issues and conflicts which go
beyond
sport

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