Yuwa India wins Sport for Good Honour, Djokovic, Biles bag top honours


Mbappe may have missed out on the main individual award but he along with his World Cup winning teammates collected the team of the year prize. The 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards were unveiled in Monaco on Monday.

Novak Djokovic, Sergey Bubka, Edwin Moses, Nadia Comaneci, Missy Franklin, Cafu, Boris Becker and Monica Seles could only watch in amazement at the achievement of Henrieta Farkasova, a visually impaired downhill skier from Slovakia who won the Laureus World Sports Award of the Year with a Disability on a night most memorable at the Sporting Club here.

Last year, she picked up four gold medals, one silver, and one bronze at the 2018 world championships. The current men's World No. 1 said to the former women's World No. 1: "Thank you for inspiring me on the court; I had to grunt like you and be aggressive like you". 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.

FIFA World Cup winners France became the first national football team to win a second Laureus World Team of the Year Award.

Skiing great Lindsey Vonn received recognition for her illustrious career in the shape of the Spirit of Sport Award.

Meanwhile, US gymnast Biles was named World Sportswoman of the Year after her record breaking performance at the world championships last year.

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The Laureus World Sports Awards is a celebration of the best sports stars over the previous year.

The Comeback of the Year award went to USA golfer Tiger Woods who shut even his harshest critics when he earned what some consider to be one of the greatest victories of his career at last year's Tour Championship season finale. "I did not understand that fully before but now I know where I can always find strength and belief and to keep on going".

While accepting his award as the Sportsman of the Year, Djokovic admitted it was his wife Jelena who had helped him back after his darkest moments.

The rejuvenated Serbian recovered from a loss of form and persistent elbow injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018, earning a return to the top of the rankings.

Longtime Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger received the Lifetime Achievement Award for revolutionising English football in the early part of his more than two decades in charge of Arsenal.