Nominees revealed for Laureus World Sports Awards

But the Portuguese faces competition for the gong from two Brits.Joining Farah and Murray in the category for Sportsman of the Year are sprinter Usain Bolt (a three-time victor of this award), National Basketball Association superstars Steph Curry and LeBron James, and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.The nominees are made from a panel comprising of the leading sports journalists, editors and broadcasters. The nominees were announced by the three-time Laureus Awards victor Novak Djokovic.The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Monaco on February 14 after being chosen by the 61 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy – who include former stars from many sports including footballers Luis Figo, Franz Beckenbauer, Sir Bobby Charlton, Raul Gonzalez, Marcel Desailly and Carles Puyol along with other ex-elite athletes ranging from Martina Navratilova to Lennox Lewis to Tony Hawks.Ronaldo would become the first footballer to win the award since its inception in 2000 having previously been nominated on three occasions.Nominees include the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, FIFA Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, 5k and 10k Olympic champion Mo Farah and tennis gold medal victor Andy Murray.In addition to Kerber, the other nominees for Sportswoman of the Year include Simone Biles (gymnastics), Katie Ledecky (swimming) and Allyson Felix (athletics), Elaine Thompson (athletics) and Laura Kenny (cycling).Kiwi swimmer Sophie Pascoe has been nominated for a Laureus Award.UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid and UEFA European Championship victors Portugal are nominated in the Laureus World Team of the Year category.His efforts earned him a nomination for “Breakthrough of the Year” where he is up against athletes Almaz Ayana and Wayde van Niekerk, English Premier League Champions Leicester City, European Championship quarter-finalists Iceland and Olympic Rugby Sevens gold medal winners Fiji.Britain’s Rachel Atherton is nominated for Action Sportsperson of the Year.