Sportsman and sportswoman of the year

The Laureus World Sports Awards were awarded on February 6 in London, United Kingdom. The “World Sportsman of the Year” award went to Novak Djokovic (Serbian) and the “World Sportswoman of the Year” went to Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenyan). Djokovic is a professional tennis player. He won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open, amongst other tournaments last year. He was also ranked the World’s Number 1 tennis player (by the Association of Tennis Professionals) in July. Cheruiyot is a long distance runner and won gold medals for both 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the World Championships 2011. The first Laureus World Sports Awards were given in 2000, and they have been awarded every year since then to sports persons who have performed exceptionally well.Did you know? Novak Djokovic was born in 1987 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. His country has gone through quite a few changes since his birth! In 1991, Yugoslavia started splitting up into different countries. Slovenia, Croatia, and Macedonia were the first to break away. In 1992, Bosnia and Herzegovina broke away. What remained of Yugoslavia became two countries in 2006 – Serbia and Montenegro. In 2008, a part of Serbia called Kosovo split and formed its own country, though some countries still consider Kosovo to be a part of Serbia. Today, Belgrade is the capital of Serbia.