Laureus World Sports Awards announces August nominees for Best Sporting Moment of the Year

There are moments in sport you can never forget: TV commentator Gary Lineker freaking out after a Barcelona goal; the remarkable story of a schoolboy basketball star with no arms; a six-year-old in tears because his F1 favourite has crashed out. Emotional, inspirational, heartwarming.

Starting Tuesday, sports fans can have their say in the Laureus World Sports Awards by voting in an online global poll to pick their Best Sporting Moment of the Year. This year, the Laureus World Sports Awards has partnered with Firstpost.

AS Roma's Francesco Totti celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Parma. AP

File image of Francesco Totti. AP

Laureus Best Sporting Moments demonstrate qualities such as fair play, sportsmanship, drama and dedication, and look beyond the scoreboard or podium. They symbolise the true values of sport and bring to life the message that sport has the power to change the world.

Here are the six contenders for August:

Race for peace: A heartwarming story about Sajjad Husaini and Ali Shah Farhang, two skiers from the war-torn country of Afghanistan competing in the World Championships for first time. As children, they fled to Iran with their families to escape the violence in their own country. They returned as young adults and taught themselves to ski down the Bamyan mountains on borrowed skis. Earlier this year, they became the first competitors from Afghanistan to compete in the Alpine Skiing World Championships.

Fight for rights: Kathrine Switzer became one of the most iconic leaders for women's rights movement in 1967 after she officially completed the then all-male Boston Marathon despite an attempt to halt her mid-race. Earlier this year, she ran the Boston Marathon again, 50 years after that historic first run.

More than a club: On 8 March, Barcelona made Champions League history by becoming the first team to overturn a first-leg 4-0 deficit as they knocked out Paris St-Germain to reach the quarter-final for the 10th successive season.

The unlikely hero: Although Jamarion Styles lost both his arms to a rare bacterial infection when he was just eight months old, the basketball player is defying all odds. He scored the buzzer-beating basket for his Eagles Landing Middle School in Boca Raton, Florida on 29 March.

Heartbreaking farewell: There wasn't a dry eye in the Olympic Stadium as AS Roma bid farewell to Francesco Totti after 28 years with the club. The 40-year-old called time on his Roma career after playing his final match on 28 May.

Tears turn into smiles: Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen would probably rather forget his performance in the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on 14 May, but for one young fan, Thomas Danel, it was the race of a lifetime. Danel was captured sobbing in the grandstand after Raikkonen's retirement. Ferrari quickly invited the youngster to their paddock to meet his idol.

To view these emotional clips and vote for your favourite, visit myLaureus.com.

For the first time, sports fans can also send videos that they have seen and enjoyed to myLaureus.com and they will be considered for the shortlist in future months.


Published Date: Aug 01, 2017 05:31 pm | Updated Date: Sep 01, 2017 07:31 pm


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