Japan’s Naomi Osaka has been named Sportswoman of the Yr on the Laureus World Sports activities Awards, with fellow tennis participant Rafael Nadal the boys’s winner.
German soccer champions Bayern Munich, who received final season’s Champions League, have been named Staff of the Yr.
Tennis legend Billie Jean King acquired the Lifetime Achievement award.
Laureus cited the “highly effective assertion” made by Osaka on the US Open, the place in every spherical she got here on to court docket carrying a face masks bearing the title of a distinct African-American sufferer of alleged police or racist violence.
“Concerning my activism on the court docket, I believe it is very important use my voice, as a result of for me I really feel like I usually maintain again rather a lot and fear about what individuals consider me, however when you’ve got a platform it is vitally vital you employ it,” mentioned Osaka, who received the Breakthrough of the Yr award in 2019.
“My predominant hopes for the long run can be simply to have helped or impacted as many individuals as I may and, hopefully be a greater particular person.”
Briton Lewis Hamilton claimed the inaugural Athlete Advocate award, which has been introduced in to acknowledge the broader affect on society made by athletes.
Throughout the 2020 Components 1 season, Hamilton took a knee on the grid and wore anti-racism slogans as he received a record-equalling seventh drivers’ title, whereas his Mercedes crew additionally adopted a black livery for the marketing campaign in a stand towards discrimination.
Liverpool and Egypt striker Mohamed Salah received the Sporting Inspiration award for “his distinctive contribution over a few years to these in want and for these much less lucky”.
Nadal’s win was his fourth Laureus award, having beforehand received the Breakthrough, Comeback and predominant males’s awards.
Laureus award winners:
World Sportswoman of the Yr Award: Naomi Osaka
World Sportsman of the Yr Award: Rafael Nadal
World Staff of the Yr Award: Bayern Munich
World Breakthrough of the Yr Award: Patrick Mahomes