World’s fastest man Usain Bolt has been nominated for the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards along with Lionel Messi and tennis star Novak Djokovic. The trio is joined by Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, Golden State Warriors’ basketball sensation Stephen Curry and golf’s world No.1 Jordan Spieth. American tennis legend Serena Williams, who missed a historic Grand Slam last year, is again nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award – her record 10th nomination. Williams is joined by Jamaican sprinting sensation Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team is nominated for the second straight year for the Laureus World Team of the Year Award, along with Rugby World Cup champions, the All Blacks, Champions League winners FC Barcelona, NBA champions Golden State Warriors, the Great Britain Davis Cup team and the US Women’s Football Team, who won their third World Cup.
Bolt is a three-time winner, while Djokovic is last year’s winner. He had previously won it in 2012. But five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi is yet to lift the golden-man trophy. The annual awards have honoured remarkable achievements in sports since 2000 in five categories – Sportsman, Sportswoman, team, Comeback and Breakthrough of the year awards.