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Oscar Pistorius nominated for double Laureus World Sports Awards

South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to win track medal in non-disabled World Championships, joins a glittering collection of the world’s greatest sports stars in the nominations for the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s media. ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius and Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova were both […]

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Oscar PistoriusSouth African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to win track medal in non-disabled World Championships, joins a glittering collection of the world’s greatest sports stars in the nominations for the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s media.

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius and Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova were both nominated in two categories – Kvitova for Sportswoman and Breakthrough, while athlete Pistorius qualifies for the Breakthrough and Disability Awards.  Argentina’s charismatic football star Lionel Messi has been nominated for the third straight time for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. His team FC Barcelona are also nominated as Laureus World Team of the Year for the fourth time. Surfing legend and three-time winner Kelly Slater is nominated once more for the Laureus Action Sports Award.

The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during the calendar year 2011, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar.   The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 47 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time, will be unveiled at a televised Awards Ceremony staged in London on Monday, February 6.

Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 89 community sports projects around the world. Since its inception, Laureus has raised €40 million for projects which have improved the lives of more than one-and-a-half million young people.

Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses comments: “This has been a great year for sport and the Academy are going to find it extremely difficult to decide who to vote for as winners. We have had several massive performances in 2011 both by individuals and teams and that has been reflected in the Nominations. I congratulate all the Nominees and now we look forward to what should be a great Awards Ceremony in February in London.”

The full list of nominees for the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards is:

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Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

Usain Bolt (Jamaica) Athletics – two gold medals in World Athletics Championships in Daegu

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Tennis – won Australian, Wimbledon and US Open Grand Slams

Cadel Evans (Australia) Cycling – winner of the Tour de France

Lionel Messi (Argentina) Football – FC Barcelona’s star player, scored 53 goals in 2010/11 season

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Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) Basketball – first European to be named MVP at NBA Finals

Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Motor Racing – won second straight F1 World Championship at 24

 

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya) Athletics – won World Championship 5k & 10K and cross-country title

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Maria Höfl-Riesch (Germany) Alpine Skiing – beat Lindsey Vonn to win overall World Cup

Carmelita Jeter (US) Athletics – won 100m and 4 x 100m relay gold medals in World Championships

Petra Kvitova (Czech) Tennis – won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon, plus WTA Championship

Homare Sawa (Japan) Football – won Golden Ball and Golden Boot in FIFA World Cup

Yani Tseng (Taiwan) Golf – at 22, won two golf Majors and headed LPGA money list by over US$1m

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Laureus World Team of the Year

All Blacks (N.Zealand) Rugby – won 2011 Rugby World Cup in their own country

FC Barcelona (Spain) Football – won Champions League and Spanish League in 2010/11

Dallas Mavericks (US) Basketball – won their first ever NBA Championship

England Cricket Team – became world No 1 after Ashes win in Australia and beating India 4-0

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Japan Women’s Football Team – became first Asian team to win FIFA Women’s World Cup

Red Bull (Austria) Motor Racing – won second straight F1 Constructors World Championship

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year

Yohan Blake (Jamaica) Athletics – at 21, won 100m gold medal in World Championships

Mo Farah (UK) Athletics – winner of the 5,000 metres gold medal in the World Championships

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Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) Tennis – at 21, won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon

Rory McIlroy (UK) Golf – at 22, won US Open, his first Major Championship

Li Na (China) Tennis – won French Open to become China’s first ever Grand Slam winner

Oscar Pistorius (SA) Athletics – first amputee to win track medal in non-disabled World Championships

Laureus World Comeback of the Year

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Eric Abidal (France) Football – beat cancer to play in winning Barcelona Champions League team

Darren Clarke (UK) Golf – at 42, recovered from slump in form to win Open Championship

Crusaders (NZ) Rugby – despite Christchurch earthquake, Crusaders reached final of Super 15

Sergio Garcia (Spain) Golf – won two European Tour events, after three years without a victory

Liu Xiang (China) Athletics – after 2008 Olympic disappointment, won silver in World Championships

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Queensland Reds (Australia) Rugby – won Super 15 rugby despite floods in Queensland

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

Daniel Dias (Brazil) Swimming – won 11 gold medals in 11 events at Parapan Games

Terezinha Guilhermina (Brazil) Athletics – won 4 gold medals in IPC World Championships

Oscar Pistorius (SA) Athletics – first amputee to win track medal in non-disabled World Championships

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Esther Vergeer (Netherlands) Wheelchair Tennis – unbeaten in singles for more than eight years

David Weir (UK) Wheelchair Athletics – won 3 gold medals in IPC World Championships

Irek Zaripov (Russia) Nordic Skiing – won 6 medals in IPC World Skiing Championships

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year

Jamie Bestwick (UK) BMX – came back from fractured skull to win 5th straight X Games gold

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Philip Köster (Germany) Windsurfing – became PWA Wave World Champion at 17

Carissa Moore (US) Surfing – won her first World Surfing Championship at 19

Travis Rice (US) Snowboarding – takes on the world’s most intimidating descents

Kelly Slater (US) Surfing – won 11th World Surfing Championship at 39

Shaun White (US) Skateboarding/Snowboarding – won Winter and Summer X Games gold

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What Every Rider Should Know About Motorcycle Safety

Thousands of motorcycle riders lose their lives each year in accidents, and many of these accidents are preventable. Other drivers on the road need to be alert to these vehicles and take proactive measures to avoid a collision. More people are choosing to ride motorcycles today because of high gas prices, so a person must always be vigilant.

Many accidents are the fault of the driver rather than the motorcycle rider. How can vehicles share the road with bikers? What should you know if you are injured on your motorcycle by a driver? How could they have avoided this accident? 

Blind Spots

Drivers must always check their blind spots when merging and changing lanes. Motorcycles are often hard to see, as they are smaller than passenger cars. Motorcycles blend in with other shapes in the side and rear-view mirrors, so drivers should always take a second look when bikers are on the road. This one step could save countless lives each year. 

Take Care When Passing

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Cars are legally allowed to pass motorcycles on the road like other vehicles. However, when doing so, drivers need to know that passing the bike creates a gust of wind. This wind could make the bike unstable and lead to an accident. Alert the biker to the lane change by using the turn signal. Do not return to the lane the biker is in until there are several car lengths between the vehicle and the bike. 

Weather Considerations

Bad weather can happen at any time. It may be beautiful outside only to have the skies open up and pour down rain. For those driving a car, this downpour is probably nothing more than an inconvenience. For bikers, however, any bad weather can be dangerous. Rain makes the roads slick for both cars and motorcycles, so accidents are more likely to happen. When it is windy outside, a biker might find it hard to keep the motorcycle on the road. In addition, motorcycles are hard to see when conditions deteriorate, so drivers need to take more care on the road to avoid accidents involving bikes. 

Night Riders

Many men and women love to ride their bikes at night. Drivers need to be vigilant when out after dark to avoid accidents. They should increase their following distance and turn off their high beams when a motorcycle approaches. 

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Avoid Lane-Sharing

Motorcycles are small vehicles, so a driver might assume they can share a lane with the bike. Doing so is illegal. Bikers are allowed their own lane just as cars are. Sharing a lane with a bike significantly increases the odds of an accident. 

Use Turn Signals

Both drivers and bikes need to use their turn signals routinely. Drivers should turn the signal on sooner than they normally would if a motorcycle is behind them in traffic. This gives the biker time to alter their speed or make other adjustments to accommodate for the vehicle turning.

Take Extra Care in Intersections

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Intersections are dangerous for both cars and motorcycles. Blind intersections are a common cause of accidents, so drivers and bikers must take extra care when approaching. Always come to a complete stop, look all ways for other vehicles, and proceed slowly through the intersection. 

Motorcycles are never involved in fender-benders or other minor accidents. The rider and passenger are completely exposed so any accident could result in serious injuries or fatalities. Drivers are responsible for their actions on the road just as bikers are. When all parties look out for one another, accidents will decrease. This is something every person wants to see today. 

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Hailing from a vibrant musical landscapes Maria Ruby Cyprian popularly known as Fimy Baby emerges as a captivating and soul-stirring female singer, infusing her rich heritage with a contemporary and evocative sound.

The Ghanaian Nigerian singer
With a voice that resonates like a whisper of winds through ancient forests, she has become a mesmerizing force in the African music scene
Born into a tapestry of cultures and traditions, Fimy’s musical journey began in 2020. Her early exposure to the rhythmic beats of African drum circles and the melodic tunes ignited a spark within her that would grow into a blazing passion for music.


Drawing inspiration from the diverse musical heritage of Africa, she effortlessly weaves together the intricate threads of traditional rhythms, modern Afropop sensibilities, and her own unique vocal stylings


Fimy Baby sets to drop her new song “ I Do” on the 19th April 2024

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