The nominations for the 2023 laureus world sport awards have been announced. And this year the ceremony will celebrate not only athletes who thrilled sports fans over the previous 12 months but several who will end their careers with a claim to be the greatest in the history of their sport.
From Lionel Messi to Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Katie Ledecky to Tiger Woods the most prestigious awards in sport will feature some of the greatest athletes of all time.
Six nominees have been selected across seven nominated laureus categories with six inspirational programmes also shortlisted for the laureus sport for good award.
The more than 1,400 members of the laureus global media nominations panel decided on all but one category the shortlist for the laureus world sportsperson with a disability award was chosen by a specialist panel from the international paralympic committee.
What makes these awards unique is the final stage of the judging process a vote by the 71 members of the laureus world sports academy which include olympic champions world-record breakers athletes who redefined their sports and who now make up a star-studded jury on sporting greatness.