Shanghai - The Laureus World Sports Awards, the premier honours event in the international sporting calendar, is to be held at the world-famous Grand Theatre, Shanghai, on the evening of Wednesday, April 15.
Dr Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, a group of the greatest living legends of sport, said: “Having seen the Grand Theatre I think we can promise that this is going to be a Laureus Awards to remember, one of the finest. This is the first time the Awards has been held in China, an exciting new development for us, so I am delighted that the Awards Ceremony will take place in such a celebrated and iconic venue.”
The globally televised Awards Ceremony, attended by many legends of sport past and present, will celebrate the achievements of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year.
The Laureus World Sports Awards will be supported by Chinese textile and wool company HengYuanXiang Group (HYX), the Host Partner of the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards, and will receive the strong support of the Shanghai Municipal Government.
Since it opened in August 1998, the Grand Theatre has staged over 6,000 performances of operas, musicals, ballets, symphonies, chamber music concerts and theatrical plays and is the home of the Shanghai Opera House Company.
Situated to the north of the People’s Square, it is one of the landmarks of Shanghai and was designed by French architects ARTE Charpentier, when night falls the lights of the glass fronted building create a dazzling vista.
The winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards are selected by the 47 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports more than 150 community sports projects in 34 countries, including China.
Since its inception, Laureus has raised over €60 million for projects which have improved the lives of millions of young people through the use of sport.
Edwin Moses said: “My fellow Academy Members and I are delighted that the 2015 Laureus Awards will be held in Shanghai, an exhilarating and vibrant city and I would like to thank the HengYuanXiang Group and the Shanghai Government for their support in making this possible."
"Laureus is much more than an Awards Ceremony.
"As our first Patron Nelson Mandela said ‘Sport has the power to change the world’ and it can change people’s lives for the better. We will be using the 2015 Awards to send that message from Shanghai around China and the world to show how sport can make a difference to the lives of every one of us.
"Laureus has been working in Shanghai for many years and now that we are working together I know this will give us the chance to expand our work here significantly.” added Moses.
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