Laureus Sports Awards: Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka bag top honors

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Laureus Sports Awards: Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka bag top honors
Laureus Sports Awards: Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka bag top honors

07 May 2021: Laureus Sports Awards: Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka bag top honors

Tennis legend Rafael Nadal won the Sportsman of the Year Award at the 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Japan's Naomi Osaka claimed the Sportswoman of the Year Award.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton were also among the winners at the awards, which were hosted in Seville.

Here are further details.

Nadal: Fourth Laureus award for Nadal

World number two Nadal clinched his fourth Laureus award as he was recognized for his 13th French Open title and record-equaling 20th major.

"Winning the French Open and equaling the 20th Grand Slam of Roger Federer has been an unforgettable moment," said Nadal.

"It means a lot to equal my great rival, but at the same time, my great friend."

Fact: The awards were hosted in Seville in a digital format

The awards, which were hosted in Seville in a digital format, honored professional athletes who used their position to make a powerful impact on social issues over the last 12 months, and highlighted the persistence of some professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.