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Laureus World Sports Awards 2019

  • Tennis World No. 1 Novak Djokovic wins fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, equalling athletics icon  Usain Bolt’s Laureus record
  • Gymnastics sensation Simone Biles is Sportswoman of the Year after historic world championship performance
  • Naomi Osaka wins Breakthrough Award, Japan’s historic first Laureus Award winner
  • Tiger Woods wins Comeback Award, 19 years after winning his first Laureus Award
  • FIFA world champions France make history with second Team of the Year accolade
  • The Laureus World Sports Awards honours the greatest and most inspirational sports triumphs of the past calendar year and showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good

Story: MONACO, February 18, 2019 – World No. 1 tennis star Novak Djokovic, record-breaking gymnast Simone Biles, golfing legend Tiger Woods and the France Football Team were among the big winners at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards.

In the company of HSH Prince Albert II in Monaco, Novak Djokovic fought off tough competition from the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Eliud Kipchoge and LeBron James to win the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. Novak, who won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 after returning from elbow surgery, is now a four-time Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.

Speaking after receiving his Award, Novak said: “A Laureus Award is what every athlete wants to win, and this one is a huge honour for me. Being among so many sporting greats here tonight, and hearing about the inspirational work Laureus is doing around the world, gives this Award a special meaning for me.

“Last year was an incredible season for me, returning from injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open is something I’ll remember forever. I am delighted and I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for their support.”

The Laureus World Sports Academy – made up of 68 global sporting legends – volunteered their time to vote for the winners in each shortlisted category which recognises sporting achievement in the 2018 calendar year. The Awards were hosted by actor James Marsden and featured entertainment from award-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jorja Smith.

After her record-breaking performance at the gymnastics world championships, in which she won four gold, one silver and one bronze medal, Simone Biles was crowned Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year. Biles, who also won the Sportswoman Award in 2017, made history last year by becoming the first woman to win four all-around world championships. At just 21, she now has a record 14 career world titles.

FIFA World Cup winners France became the first national football team to win a second Laureus World Team of the Year Award, fighting off competition from the world-leading teams including Mercedes AMG Petronas F1, Golden State Warriors and Real Madrid. French coach Didier Deschamps was in Monaco to accept the Award on behalf of the team.

Japan’s first Grand Slam tennis star Naomi Osaka received the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award for her victory in the US Open, where she defeated five-time Laureus Award winner Serena Williams. Osaka, 21, who is now number one in the world, makes history as Japan’s first Laureus Award winner.

Golfing star and ten-time Laureus Nominee Tiger Woods won his third Laureus Award, after winning the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year accolade at the 2000 and 2001 Laureus Awards. The American received the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award for winning the Tour Championship, his first win in 1,876 days, returning to the game after spinal fusion surgery.

17-year-old American snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim, who became the youngest woman to win a Winter Olympics snowboarding gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, won the Action Sportsperson of the Year Award.  Slovak alpine skier Henrieta Farkašová and her guide Natalia Subrtova won the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award after becoming the most decorated Winter Paralympian in Pyeongchang with four gold medals in vision-impaired Downhill, Giant Slalom, Super Combined and Super-G, plus silver in Slalom.

Attended by sports stars, celebrities and business leaders from around the world, the Awards also shone a light on the transformational work of Laureus Sport for Good. In 2018, nearly 300,000 young people all over the world directly benefited from more than 160 Laureus Sport for Good-supported programmes in 40 countries, working to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage by using sport as the tool for change.

Yuwa, a sport for development organisation that works in the rural region of Jharkhand in northern India, received the Laureus Sport for Good Award for their life-changing work in using football to improve the lives of young girls from disadvantaged communities. Through football, the girls overcome violence, build self-confidence and start to change perceptions of what a girl from a rural village in India is capable of achieving. One of Laureus Sport for Good’s key focus areas is promoting equality, empowerment and safety for young women and girls. Of the 296,300 children and young people Laureus Sport for Good programmes reached worldwide in 2018, 49% were young women and girls.

The Laureus World Sports Academy recognised marathon world record breaker Eliud Kipchoge with the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award. Kipchoge, who ran the fastest time ever in a marathon in Berlin with a time of 2 hours 1 min 39 seconds, broke the previous record by a massive 1 min 18 seconds.

Legendary football manager Arsène Wenger received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to football during his 22 years as manager of Arsenal. During his time there, he famously led ‘The Invincibles’ to an entire season unbeaten, and made a significant contribution to English football through his approach to scouting, training and diets, and his emphasis on an attacking mentality.

Arsène received a guard of honour at the Ceremony from legendary Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and football legends Alessandro Del Piero, Luis Figo, Fabio Capello, Didier Deschamps, Cafu and Alex Scott. Arsène’s Award was presented by Cesc Fabregas.

Skiing great Lindsey Vonn’s incredible career was recognised by the Laureus Academy with the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award. The Spirit of Sport Award is given at the discretion of the Academy, to recognise an athlete or team who have achieved remarkable success and displayed a relentless dedication to their sport. The greatest female skier of all time, Vonn recently announced her retirement from the sport. Vonn is one of only two female skiers to win four Overall World Cups and has won a record eight World Cup Downhill titles.

Inspirational Chinese climber Xia Boyu received the most votes in the global Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year public vote. Xia was recognised for his efforts in becoming only the second double-amputee to scale Everest, and the first to reach the summit from the Nepalese side. Joining Xia in the top three Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year Nominees at the Awards in Monaco were; South Africa’s first black Test captain Siya Kolisi and Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir, who is fighting motor neuron disease.

Shows:

GVs – Monaco

Laureus Statuette

Awards –

Red Carpet Highlights

Host Welcome / Show Opening

Laureus World Team of the Year – France Men’s Football

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year – Chloe Kim (not attending)

Laureus Spirit of Sport Award – Lindsey Vonn

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year – Naomi Osaka (not attending)

Laureus Exceptional Achievement Award – Eluid Kipchoge

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability – Henrieta Farkasova (& Guide – Natalia Subrtova)

Laureus Sporting Moment Award – Xia Boyu (China) (Disabled Climber) – Public Vote

Laureus Sport for Good Award – YUWA (India)

Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award – Arsene Wenger

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year – Simone Biles (not attending)

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year – Novak Djokovic.

Other: To stay up to date with the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards, visit awards.laureus.com and follow @LaureusSport and #Laureus19 on social.

The Laureus World Sports Awards 2018 Monaco

Roger Federer Wins Sportsman And Comeback Of The Year at Laureus Awards

MONACO – Roger Federer was the big winner at the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards on Tuesday night, picking up the Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year awards at the ceremony in Monaco.

The Swiss tennis icon, who reclaimed the world No 1 ranking after overcoming a serious knee injury and winning his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last month, fought off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal to land the Sportsman of the Year award.

Federer’s awards were his fifth and sixth since the Laureus Awards began in 2000, making him the most decorated winner in its history.

” This is a very special moment for me,” Federer said. “Everyone knows how highly I value my Laureus Awards, so to win another would have been wonderful, but to win two is a truly unique honour. And so unexpected.”

“I am delighted and I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for all their support. It was an unforgettable year for me, to come back after a very difficult 2016 and these Awards just make it even more memorable.”

“When I won my first Laureus Award back in 2005, if you had said I would have ended up winning six I would not have believed you. It’s been an amazing ride.”

Serena Williams won the Sportswoman of the Year award, with Sergio Garcia claiming the Breakthrough award after his Masters success in April.

Other winners included football legend Francesco Totti, who claimed the Academy Exceptional Achievement Award for his services to Roma and Italy, and former track athlete Edwin Moses, who won the Lifetime Achievement award.

Swiss triple-world champion wheelchair racer Marcel Hug won the Disability award, while the Laureus Best Sporting Moment of the Year award went to Chapecoense, the Brazilian football club hit by an air disaster in 2016.

Elsewhere, Mercedes-AMG Petronas picked up the Team of the Year award for winning the Formula One constructor’s Championship in 2017.

 

Shows:

MONACO GVS

LAUREUS AWARDS B-ROLL

RED CARPET ARRIVALS

RED CARPET VOX-POPS

SHOW OPENING WITH CUMBERBATCH

AWARD SEQUENCE

SPORTSMAN – ROGER FEDERER

COMEBACK – ROGER FEDERER

TEAM – MERCEDES-AMG

BREAKTHROUGH – GARCIA

SPORTING MOMENT –

DISABILITY – HUG

ACTION – LE CLÉAC’H

SPORT FOR GOOD – ACTIVE COMMUNITIES (UK)

LIFETIME – EDWIN MOSES

EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT – TOTTI

SPORTING INSPIRATION – J.J. WATT

END SLATE

 

Other: More information can be found at www.laureus.com

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Silversea Christens New Flagship Silver Muse

– Silver Muse Christened By Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio’s Daughter Costanza Lefebrvre In Monaco

– The Ninth Ship In The Silversea Fleet Offers Highest Expression Of Excellence at Sea

MONACO – Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea welcomed His Serene Highness the Prince Albert II of Monaco, His Excellency Minister of State of the Principality, Serge Telle, His Excellency Archbishop of Monaco Barsi, Mr. Peter Greenberg (CBS-TV News Travel Editor, Master of Ceremony), Mr. Geoffrey Kent (Abercrombie & Kent Founder), Mr. Gerald Lawless (Chairman of WTCC), VIPs and other distinguished guests to Port Hercule in the heart of Monaco, for an intimate ceremony marking the christening of the latest addition to their fleet, Silver Muse.

The historic celebration, which was hosted by Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, and was honoured by the amazing performance of Sinfonietta Orchestra of Rome, as well as the renowned Violinist Charlie Siem, providing to the ceremony with a very elegant and amazing atmosphere.

Silver Muse, the ninth ship in the Silversea fleet, caters for the most discerning passengers at sea, offering the highest expression of elegance and comfort, redefining the ultra-luxury cruising experience. Silver Muse and the Silversea brand truly symbolize what company wanted to bring into vogue with the association of tradition, luxury, personalized cuisine and service, elegance and more over Italian style.

Over the past two weeks, guests invited from around the world have had the opportunity to preview the new flagship on a number of exclusive sailings in the Mediterranean. Initial feedback from members of the press, trade and industry representatives alike has been overwhelmingly positive, with the quality of finish delivered by Fincantieri and levels of service by Silversea crew exceeding guests’ expectations.

Accommodating 596 guests, the ship boasts an unrivalled selection of dining options on board including three restaurants new to the Silversea fleet. These are Atlantide, a seafood and grill concept that represents the ultimate in excellence and creativity using the finest ingredients sourced from across the world; the Asian-accented Indochine; and an Italian-themed poolside restaurant Spaccanapoli which serves home-made Italian pizzas throughout the day. These help to give guests on Silver Muse a choice of eight restaurants and also the freedom to eat “anything, anywhere, anytime” on the ship.

The ship is also home to the unique Zàgara Beauty Spa which offers a sanctuary of leisure and comfort, transporting guests on a journey of the five senses tailored to their individual needs and preferences.

Monaco is not simply the base for Silversea’s operations, it is the natural home for the company’s proud Monegasque history. Silversea showcases the culture, traditions and values of the Principality with the world, with its nine ships visiting over 900 different ports of call each year.

For more information please visit: www.silversea.com

Shows:

SOUNDBITES:

· Mr. Roberto Martinoli, CEO Silversea Cruises

· Capt. Alessandro Zanello, Silver Muse Captain

· Mr. Manfredi Lefebvred’Ovidio, Chairman Silversea Cruises

· His Serene Highness the Prince Albert II of Monaco

· Mr. Peter Greenberg CBS-TV News Travel Editor, Master of Ceremony

· Ms. Costanza Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silver Muse Godmother

B-ROLL INCLUDES:

· Silver Muse B-Roll – Exterior and Interior various

. Performance by Violinist Charlie Siem, Sinfonietta Orchestra of Rome

· The Christening / Breaking of the Bottle

· The Signature of The Golden Book on the bridge

Other: None

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