Federer, Ronaldo, Mo Farah among nominees for Laureus awards

Federer, a four-time Award winner, has been nominated in both the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and Laureus World Comeback of the Year categories.

Switzerland's Roger Federer can become the most decorated Laureus Award winner this year.   -  Getty Images

Roger Federer could potentially walk away with two award and become the most decorated Laureus Award winner at the 2018 ceremony in Monaco on February 27. Federer, a four-time Award winner, won his fifth Australian Open and eighth Wimbledon titles after returning returning from a career-threatening knee injury. The 36-year-old has been nominated in both the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and Laureus World Comeback of the Year categories.

Federer is joined by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, athletics world championships 10,000m gold and 5,000m silver medal-winning athlete Mo Farah, four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and French and US Open champion Rafael Nadal in what is expected to be a hotly contested Laureus World Sportsman of the Year category.

Chris Froome, who returned an adverse analytical finding for asthma medication salbutamol last year, also finds a place in the nominees list for Sportsman of the Year award.

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In the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year category Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza and three-time 800m world champion Caster Semenya join an all-American quartet of Australian Open champion Serena Williams, 16-time world athletics championship medalist Allyson Felix, 19-year-old swimming sensation Katie Ledecky and Overall World Cup champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

 

France's Davis Cup Team, NBA Champions Golden State Warriors, Formula One World Champions Mercedes-AMG Petronas, Super Bowl champions New England Patriots, sailing’s New Zealand America’s Cup Team, and Champions League winners Real Madrid are the six Nominees in the Laureus World Team of the Year category; tennis’

 

After a stellar year in the ring in which he unified the WBA, IBO and IBF heavyweight titles, boxer Anthony Joshua is nominated in the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year category. Nominated alongside Joshua are French football star Kylian Mbappé, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia, Greek NBA basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo and American swimming starCaeleb Dressel.

Following their remarkable Champions League 6-1 comeback against Paris St Germain, FC Barcelona are in contention for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year category. After impressive returns to form after their respective injuries, Roger Federer, Italian MotoGP star Valentino Rossi and 100m hurdle world champion Sally Pearson are also in consideration alongside 100m sprint world champion Justin Gatlinand Brazilian football club Chapecoense, who made a remarkable return to competition after being involved in a tragic plane crash.