SPORT AWARDS: Pele and Ali are honoured

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Pele and Ali are honoured

The Brazilian legend Pele was named footballer of the Millennium at the World Sports Awards of the Century ceremony in Vienna. Eleven of the world's top sports stars were honoured by a 15-strong panel headed by the International Olympic Committee president, Juan Antonio Samaranch. The winners, chosen from a short-list of 91 athletes, all received a crystal vase. "I am surprised and honoured," said Pele. The three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali of the United States - who was given a standing ovation - was named boxer of the century, while four-time world Formula One champion Alain Prost received the motor sport award. "I've won prizes but never as good as this evening's," Ali said.