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Rossi nominated for Laureus World Sports Award

Rossi nominated for Laureus World Sports Award

Rossi nominated for Laureus World Sports Award

MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is in contention for another top international honour after being nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Award. Rossi is one of six nominees for the prize, which is decided by a panel of 42 of the world's most legendary sportsmen and women including the likes of Pélé, Michael Johnson, Boris Becker, Jack Nicklaus, Emerson Fittipaldi, Michael Jordan and motorcycling's own Giacomo Agostini.

Rossi is up for the award due to his outstanding achievements in MotoGP, which include a hat-trick of premier-class titles to add to his 125cc and 250cc crowns despite only recently celebrating his 25th birthday. The Italian is in exalted company, with one of his personal heroes, last year's winner and Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong, also among the nominees.

The remaining four candidates are F1 multi-World Champion Michael Schumacher, record-breaking American swimmer Michael Phelps, Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer and Rugby Union star Jonny Wilkinson, who kicked the winning drop goal as England took World Cup glory in Sydney last November.

The winners of the fifth Laureus World Sports Awards will be unveiled during a television ceremony staged in Estoril, Portugal, on the evening of May 10th 2004.

MotoGP, 2004, Valentino Rossi

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