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Sports News
Djokovic wins his fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year
 
Monaco, Feb 19 (Xinhua): Tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia won his fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year here on Monday, and American record-holding gymnast Simone Biles bagged the World Sportswoman of the Year Award thanks to her dominant world championship performance last year. Djokovic triumphed in tough competition against footballing star duo of Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, Kenyan marathon world record-breaker Eliud Kipchoge and NBA superstar LeBron James.

"A Laureus Award is what every athlete wants to win, and this one is a huge honor for me. Being among so many sporting greats here tonight, and hearing about the inspirational work Laureus is doing around the world, gives this Award a special meaning for me," said Djokovic. The fourth Sportsman of the Year trophy has moved Djokovic level with athletics icon Usain Bolt, just one shy of Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer''s record. After returning from an elbow surgery, Djokovic won the Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018. Djokovic added that reflecting on that journey, "it seems like a fairytale story."

Biles won four gold, one silver and one bronze medals at the 2018 World Championships. Also the World Sportsmwoman of the Year winner in 2017, she made history by becoming the first woman to win four all-around world gymnastics championships. Biles has a record 14 career world titles under her name at the age of 21. She went ahead of winter sports stars Ester Ledecka and Mikaela Shiffrin, Grand Slam tennis champions Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber, and four-time ironman world champion Daniela Ryf in the vote. Chinese double amputee climber Xia Boyu received the most votes globally to become the 2019 Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year winner. Xia had lost both his legs in 1975 during his first attempt to reach the world''s highest peak of Qomolangma due to frostbite.

He challenged the summit in 2014, 2015 and 2016 as well, but his dreams were shattered owing to avalanche, earthquake and bad weather respectively. He finally made it in his fifth attempt on May 14, 2018, becoming the first Chinese double amputee climber to have reached the summit of Qomolangma. "Reaching the summit of Qomolangma is always a dream and goal for me. I have fought for it over the past decades. Despite bad knocks several times, I never give up. I think the perseverance made my life so colorful and meaningful," said Xia. FIFA World Cup winners France became the first national football team to win a second Laureus World Team of the Year Award.

Their coach Didier Deschamps was on site to accept the award. Japan''s first Grand Slam tennis singles champion Naomi Osaka took the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award. The 21-year-old is now number one in the world after recently winning the Australian Open. Golfing star Tiger Woods received the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award for winning the Tour Championship, his third Laureus Award after the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year accolade in 2000 and 2001. The 17-year-old American snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim, who became the youngest woman to win a Winter Olympics snowboarding gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, won the Action Sportsperson of the Year Award.

Slovak alpine skier Henrieta Farkasova and her guide Natalia Subrtova won the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award. Yuwa, a sport for development organization that works in the rural region of Jharkhand in northern India, received the Laureus Sport for Good Award for their life-changing work in using football to improve the lives of young girls from disadvantaged communities. The Laureus World Sports Academy recognized Eliud Kipchoge with the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award. Legendary football manager Arsene Wenger received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to football during his 22 years as manager of Arsenal. Skiing great Lindsey Vonn''s incredible career was recognized by the Laureus Academy with the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award.


New Zealand beat India by six wickets in warm-up match
Nadal, Federer set up potential semifinal at Roland Garros
India, New Zealand seek tune-up in warm-up clash
Federer, Nadal threaten Djokovic bid for historic Slam
Uncertainty over Serena fitness, Osaka form at Roland Garros
Host of match-winners and Dhoni's expertise make India favourites: Mithali
Virat alone can't win World Cup, others will need to step up: Tendulkar
Hockey India names women's team for U-21 tournament
No breathing space, pressure will be from first second in this World Cup: Kohli
Hyundai Archery World Cup final to be held in Russia
Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz named in Pakistan''s World Cup squad
Bravo, Pollard named in W Indies reserve players list for World Cup 2019
Kedar Jadhav declared fit for 2019 World Cup
Bayern roll 5-1 over Frankfurt to clinch their 7th successive Bundesliga title
Irfan Pathan becomes first Indian to enroll for Caribbean Premier League Players Draft
England captain Eoin Morgan suspended for one ODI over slow-over rate offence
Inter Milan renew contract with defender Skriniar until 2023
Gokulam end group stage with all win record in IWL
'I have taken the decision to leave Atletico' - Griezmann
There is no one closer to Hardik's talent in Indian team: Sehwag
KERALA NEWS
Rahul elected from Wayanad LS seat
 Thiruvananthapuram: Congress president Rahul Gandhi was Thursday declared elected from the Wayanad L  
LS polls candidate attacked in Kerala
Two women abort their plan to enter Lord Ayyappa temple Sabarimala
Kerala CM meets CEOs of leading business firms in Switzerland
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Twenty-four killed in Afghanistan floods
 Kabul: At least 24 people were killed and 221 houses destroyed across Afghanistan in heavy floods in
Britain''s Brexit-beaten Theresa May announces resignation, to step down on June 7
Two more Indian mountaineers die on Mount Everest, toll of Indians rises to 8
US aviation regulator says Boeing hasn't submitted 737 MAX fix
NATIONAL NEWS
President appoints Modi as Prime Minister
 New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday appointed Narendra Modi as the new Prime Minister.
Day after BJP''s massive victory, all eyes now on govt formation
Cong-JDS cabinet reposes faith in Kumaramaswamy after dismal show in LS polls
Will approach party high command against Sidhu: Amarinder Singh
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