Rise from tik to tri­umph wins ath­lete pres­tige nom­i­na­tion

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

LUVO Many­onga’s re­mark­able jour­ney from crys­tal metham­phetamine ad­dict to be­ing an Olympic sil­ver medal­ist has seen him nom­i­nated to win the Lau­reus Best Sport­ing Mo­ment award for Novem­ber.

Should Many­onga be suc­cess­ful in the monthly award he would be­come a nom­i­nee for Lau­reus’s pres­ti­gious Best Sport­ing Mo­ment of the Year award.

Each month‚ from Au­gust to De­cem­ber‚ the pub­lic se­lect their favourite mo­ment from a short list of six videos‚ cho­sen by the sport­ing le­gends of the Lau­reus World Sports Academy.

The five monthly winners then go head-to-head in a fi­nal pub­lic vote‚ with the win­ner be­ing an­nounced at the 2018 Lau­reus Awards Cer­e­mony.

Ac­cord­ing to Lau­reus‚ their Best Sport­ing Mo­ment award demon­strates qual­i­ties such as fair play‚ sports­man­ship‚ drama and ded­i­ca­tion‚ and looks be­yond the score­board or podium.

The mo­ments sym­bol­ise the true val­ues of sport and bring to life the message that sport has the power to change the world.

Many­onga‚ the sil­ver medal­list in the long jump at the Rio Olympics last year‚ had over­come a tik‚ or crys­tal meth‚ ad­dic­tion just three years pre­vi­ously.

Lau­reus Best Sport­ing Mo­ment of the Year con­tenders for Novem­ber are:

The Arm­less Archer – Matt Stutz­man over­comes ad­ver­sity to beat able-bod­ied archers at the US Na­tional Cham­pi­onships

Eter­nal Cham­pi­ons – The mir­a­cle come­back of Alan Ruschel‚ who sur­vived the Chapecoense plane crash and re­turned to ac­tion months later‚ as part of the re­vival of the foot­ball club

Fight­ing To­gether – Cro­tone foot­ball man­ager Da­vide Ni­cola helps his side se­cure a mir­a­cle in Serie A safety and then cy­cles 1 300km to hon­our his son who was killed in a cy­cling ac­ci­dent

From Crys­tal Meth to Glory – The rise and rise of long jumper Luvo Many­onga‚ from the depths of drug ad­dic­tion to the top of the world

The Long­est Hole – Ron Rut­land and Adam Rol­ston com­plete golf’s long­est hole in 80 days across Mon­go­lia

My Best Mate – Jar­ryd Haines and Mark Smith’s friend­ship proves that Aus­tralian Rules foot­ball is more than just a game

BEAT­ING ODDS: Luvo Many­onga

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