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Laureus World Sports Awards chairman Ed Moses
"We've made a significant difference"
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Tuesday, 22 May, 2001, 03:58 GMT 04:58 UK
Sports stars gather for Monaco awards
Man Utd's Dwight Yorke in Monte Carlo with girlfriend Jordan
Man Utd's Dwight Yorke in Monaco with Jordan
Sir Steve Redgrave could land another top honour when prizes are handed out at the Laureus Sports Awards in Monte Carlo on Tuesday night.

Britain's five-time Olympic rowing gold medallist has been shortlisted as world sportsman of the year.

Also nominated are world number one golfer Tiger Woods, triple Formula One champion Michael Schumacher and Olympic swimming champions Ian Thorpe and Pieter van den Hoogenband.

F1 driver Jenson Button in Monte Carlo with girlfriend Louise Griffiths
F1 ace Button shortlisted for 'best newcomer'

Redgrave's exploits at the Sydney Olympics, where he won a fifth rowing gold, have already earned him a knighthood and other accolades including the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

But Dutchman Van den Hoogenband pipped him to a similar award at another glamorous ceremony, the World Sports Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in January.

In the sportswomen category, athletes Marion Jones and Cathy Freeman are up against tennis star Venus Williams, golfer Karrie Webb and swimmer Inge de Bruijn.

Boris Becker in Monaco
Boris Becker practising his golf ahead of the awards

F1 driver Jenson Button is also flying the flag for Britain, after being nominated in the World Newcomer of the Year category.

But he faces stiff competition from the likes of Australian fast bowler Brett Lee and Russian tennis player Marat Safin.

Last year's team award winners Manchester United do not make this year's shortlist, which includes European champions Real Madrid and the New York Yankees, who won baseball's World Series.

There is also a category for Best Comeback, which Jennifer Capriati, who won this year's Australian Open, must be favourite to win.

Ex-athletes Bob Beamon and Ed Moses
Ex-athletes Bob Beamon and Ed Moses

The winners are decided by the World Sports Academy, made up of 39 sporting legends including Sir Bobby Charlton, Ian Botham and Sebastian Coe.

The event, billed as 'the Oscars of the Sporting World', is held in Monte Carlo and backed by over 40m of sponsorship.

But organisers are also keen to highlight the good causes which benefit from the money.

"It is our duty to use sport as a tool for social change," says former Olympic athlete Ed Moses, now chair of the Academy.

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