The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award ceremony honoring remarkable individuals from the world of sports for their exceptional achievements throughout the year.

Yesterday, Laureus was back to Monaco, still honoring the greatest sporting achievements of the year, as well as showcasing humanitarian work around the world. The greatest names in sport, past and present, joined celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and business at the Awards Ceremony on what was definitely an evening to remember. In the presence of HSH Prince Albert and HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco, each winner received the Laureus Statuette, crafted by Cartier, with its representation of the striving human form against an engraved representation of the continents.

Probably one of the most competitive editions in the history of the event saw the Ambassador of the Laureus 2017 edition Nico Rosberg winning the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award, which he definitely deserved.

The winners of the night for Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year were the famous Usain Bolt and Simone Biles respectively, for their outstanding performance throughout 2016. The Olympic champion with the most medals of all time, Michael Phelps won the Comeback of the Year award, as for the Disability Award Italian Beatrice Vio, the only quadruple amputee in wheelchair fencing, was the titleholder. The Olympic Team for Refugees, led by Tegla Loroupe won the Laureus Sport for Good Award for Sporting Inspiration.

The prestigious Laureus Sport for Good Award was won by Waves for Change, whose project uses surfing in order to help vulnerable young adults living in the most violent areas of South Africa. The British sport saw also two prizes awarded to the greatest rider of the world down, Rachel Athertonf who won the Action Sportsperson of the Year, while Leicester City won a special Laureus Spirit of Sport Award.

The Laureus Team of the Year Award, Chicago Cubs earned the prize due to their historic achievement.

For the first time ever, sports fans around the world were able to vote for the Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award, which was received by team under 12 in Barcelona.

For further information on the Laureus World Sports Awards 2017 you can visit their website www.laureus.com