Bolt again? - J’can star nominated for Laureus Awards

Bolt again? - J’can star nominated for Laureus Awards

Friday, December 16, 2011

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WORLD and Olympic champion and double World record-holder Usain Bolt will be going after a third straight Laureus Sports Awards after he was nominated for the 2012 that will be presented in February.

Bolt, who won in 2009 and 2010, is the only track and field athlete in the male category.

Bolt, who was undefeated in the 2011 track season when he successfully defended his IAAF World Championships 200m title in Daegu, South Korea, while leading the Jamaican 4x100m team to retaining the gold medal while setting a new World Record 37.04 seconds in the process, will join a list of other world stars for the award.

These include footballer Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona; tennis star Novak Djokovic; Tour de France winner, Australian, Cadel Evans; German basketballer and NBA star Dirk Nowitzki; and German motor racing star Sebastien Vettel.

The 25-year-old Bolt was pleased with his nomination.

"After the year I had and ended undefeated, this nomination is even more special to me. This award is a prestigious one and I am honoured to be among the best," says the track star.

Bolt, who failed to retain his World 100m title after he was sensationally disqualified after a false start, also ended the year as the fastest man after he ran 9.76 seconds in his final appearance of the season in Brussels.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for London on Monday, February 6, 2012 and will be televised live to millions of viewers across the world.

The Awards will be presented in several categories including Male and Female; Team, World Come Back of the year as well as Athlete with a Disability.

A release from the Laureus Awards stated that "The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognises sporting achievement during the calendar year 2011, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar."

The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 47 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time, will be unveiled at a televised Awards Ceremony.

Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 89 community sports projects around the world.

Since its inception, Laureus has raised 40 million euro for projects which have improved the lives of more than one-and-a-half million young people.

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