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Tobi Amusan battles Morocco, Rybakina for Laureus World Sports Awards prize

NIGERIAN sprint hurdler Tobi Amusan has gained more recognition for her achievements with a nomination for the prestigious Laureus Sports Awards.

The global awards, which recognise and celebrate the world’s greatest athletes with the inspirational power of sport and its ability to change lives, were first held in 2000.

Shortlists for seven categories (Sportswoman, Sportsman, Team, Breakthrough, Comeback, Action and Sport for Good) are created by votes from more than 1,000 sports media from over 70 countries. The shortlist for World Athlete of the Year with a Disability is provided by the International Paralympic Committee.

Amusan is nominated in the Breakthrough of the Year category, along with tennis stars Carlos Alcaraz and Elena Rybakina, as well the Morocco’s men’s football national team that reached the Qatar 2022 World Cup semi-finals.

The 25-year-old Nigerian star had her breakthrough last year, setting new African, Commonwealth and world records in the women’s 100m hurdles and becoming the first Nigerian to ever win gold at the World Athletics Championships.

Morocco also made history by becoming the first African team ever to reach the World Cup semi-finals, while Rybakina won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last year and was an Australian Open finalist in January.

In another major category of the Laureus Sports Awards, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Rafael Nadal, Stephen Curry, Max Verstappen and Mundo Duplantis are vying for the Sportsman of the Year prize.

Athletics stars Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Sydney McLaughlin are nominated in the Sportswoman of the Year category along with Barcelona player Alexis Putellas and tennis champion Iga Swiatek.

World Cup winners Argentina and Women’s Euros champions England are in the World Team of the Year category with the France men’s rugby team, Real Madrid and NBA champions Golden State Warriors.

The date for the awards has not been confirmed, with the ceremony billed for April or May.

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