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Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award

The Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award is an award honouring the achievements of those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of sports. It was first awarded in 2000 as one of the inaugural awards presented during the Laureus World Sports Awards.[2] The awards are presented by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a global organisation involved in more than 150 charity projects supporting 500,000 young people.[3] The first ceremony was held on 25 May 2000 in Monte Carlo, at which Nelson Mandela gave the keynote speech.[4] The recipient is presented with a Laureus statuette, created by Cartier, at an annual awards ceremony held in various locations around the world.[5] Although the Laureus Awards ceremony is held annually, the Lifetime Achievement Award is not necessarily presented every time; it is one of a number of discretionary awards that can be given by the Laureus World Sports Academy.[2] The awards are considered highly prestigious and are frequently referred to as the sporting equivalent of "Oscars".[6][7][8]

Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded forlifetime achievement in sport
LocationMonaco (2019)[1]
Presented byLaureus Sport for Good Foundation
First awarded2000
Currently held byArsène Wenger (FRA)[1]
WebsiteOfficial website

The inaugural Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Brazilian footballer Pelé. Since then, twelve further awards have been given to individuals, all men with the exception of Moroccan athlete Nawal El Moutawakel (2010). Footballers have received more awards than any other sports with five, and only Great Britain has multiple winners with three: Steve Redgrave (2001), Bobby Charlton (2012) and Sebastian Coe (2013). As of 2019, two individuals have been honoured posthumously. The New Zealand yachtsman Peter Blake was shot dead by pirates on the Amazon River in December 2001.[9] Arne Næss Jr., the Norwegian mountaineer, died in a climbing accident in South Africa four months before the 2004 ceremony.[10] No award was presented at the 2017 Laureus Awards ceremony;[11] the most recent recipient was the French association football manager Arsène Wenger who was presented with the award in the 2019 Laureus Awards ceremony in Monaco.[1]

RecipientsEdit

Key
  Indicates posthumous award
Year Image Winner Nationality Sport Ref.
2000   Pelé   BRA Football [12]
2001   Steve Redgrave   GBR Rowing [13]
2002
Peter Blake     NZL Yachting [14]
2003   Gary Player   RSA Golf [15]
2004
Arne Næss Jr.    NOR Mountaineering [16]
2005 No award [17]
2006   Johan Cruyff   NED Football [18]
2007   Franz Beckenbauer   GER Football [19]
2008   Sergey Bubka   UKR Athletics [20]
2009 No award [21]
2010   Nawal El Moutawakel   MAR Athletics [22]
2011   Zinedine Zidane   FRA Football [23]
2012   Bobby Charlton   GBR Football [24]
2013   Sebastian Coe   GBR Athletics [25]
2014 No award [26]
2015 No award [27]
2016   Niki Lauda   AUT Formula One [28]
2017 No award [11]
2018   Edwin Moses   USA Athletics [29]
2019   Arsène Wenger   FRA Football [1]

ReferencesEdit

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