Hamilton gained his sixth Components One world championship final yr, whereas Messi, who was not current on the awards ceremony, gained his sixth Ballon d’Or.
It was the primary time within the historical past of the awards, usually seen because the Oscars of sport, that the Sportsman of the 12 months title has been shared.
“I grew up in a sport that has actually given my life which means,” stated Hamilton.
“I am so, so grateful for what it has offered me. However I’ve really grown up in a sport that has little or no to no range.
“I believe it is a difficulty that we’re frequently going through. It is all of our duty to make use of our platform for that, simply that, actually pushing for gender equality, gender inclusivity and actually ensuring that we’re partaking and actually making an attempt to symbolize the place the world is at this time.”
The W Collection — an all-female motorsport championship — was launched final yr and gained by British driver Jamie Chadwick.
Simply six ladies have ever participated in an F1 Grand Prix weekend.
Hamilton is the third driver to win the Sportsman of the 12 months award after Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, whereas Messi is the primary footballer.
America’s Biles can be one of many standout athletes to look at on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after successful 4 golds and a bronze at Rio 2016.
“It means the world to me,” stated 22-year-old Biles on receiving her honor.
“That is my third Laureus award so I am actually grateful.
“I wish to congratulate all the opposite nominees and I additionally wish to (say) thanks to my household and associates for all their assist through the years.”