Cape Town - The Laureus
World Sports Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of sportsmen
and sportswomen around the world, will return to Europe in 2016.
will be hosted in Germany for the first time, held in Berlin on April 18, 2016.
event with a global reach
In front of a
global television and online audience, the Awards will be attended by the
biggest names in sport, both past and present. The event returns to Europe for
the first time since London in 2012, after taking place in leading sports
cities around the world in recent years, including Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai.
seven categories, the Awards will celebrate the achievements of the outstanding
athletes from 2015, crowning the Sportsman, Sportswoman, Action, Disability
athlete and Team of the Year. The Awards will also recognise the greatest
sporting Breakthrough of 2015, as well as choosing the most impressive
sporting greats who have been named as winners of Laureus Awards since 2000 are
Usain Bolt, Novak Djokovic, Michael Schumacher, Roger Federer, Serena Williams,
Alex Ferguson, Lewis Hamilton, Rafael Nadal, Pelé, Steve Redgrave, Ronaldo,
Kelly Slater, Shaun White, Yelena Isinbayeva and Zinedine Zidane.
from the Nominations voting, by a panel of 2 000 of the world’s leading sports
media, the winners of the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards will be selected in
a secret ballot of the ultimate sports jury - the 55 members of the Laureus
World Sports Academy, all living legends of sport. Laureus Award winners
receive a Laureus statuette exclusively produced by Cartier.
impact through Sport for Good
celebrating the success of the greatest athletes in the world, the Awards have
significant impact at grassroots level, by supporting the work of the Laureus
Sport for Good Foundation
inception, The Foundation has supported more than 150 sports-based community
projects around the world that have helped to improve the lives of millions of
the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation supports
16 sports-related community projects which work to educate young
people and bring communities together. Tackling social challenges such as
integration, discrimination and juvenile crime, Laureus has helped over 50 000
young people in Germany and Austria since 2001.
A first time
double Olympic gold medallist and Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy,
said: “I am delighted that the 2016 Laureus Awards is to be staged in
Berlin. Our Foundation has been very active in spreading the Sport for Good
message since 2001 and it’s exciting to be bringing the Awards to Germany for
the first time. Everyone there has a real passion for sport and I know this
will be an occasion to remember.”
Sport has the
power to change the world
inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, Nelson Mandela, who later became
the Patron of Laureus, said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It
has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little
else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.” This
has become the philosophy of Laureus and the driving force behind its work combatting
some of the world’s toughest social challenges facing young people today.