Hollywood Stars Join Sporting Legends at Laureus World Sports Awards Barcelona

Hollywood Stars Join Sporting Legends at Laureus World Sports Awards Barcelona

Laureus World Sports Awards, Barcelona 2007

  • Morgan Freeman, Eva Longoria, Kyle MacLachlan to attend Awards Ceremony
  • Today?s great athletes to be honoured by Laureus World Sports Academy
  • Laureus World Sports Awards to be held in Barcelona, April 1-2
  • Apply for media accreditation on www.laureus.com/accreditation

    Barcelona will be the focus of the sporting world next month when the eighth Laureus World Sports Awards, attended by global figures from sport, entertainment and fashion, are staged in the city.

    Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, star of films like Million Dollar Baby, Driving Miss Daisy, The Unforgiven and The Shawshank Redemption, and popular stars Eva Longoria and Kyle MacLachlan from US TV show Desperate Housewives will attend the Awards Ceremony, along with Argentinian super model Valeria Mazza and celebrated Spanish flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes.

    They will be joining members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, a unique association of 43 of the greatest living sports legends, at the Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, on the evening of Monday, April 2.

    Among the early names of Academy and Guests confirmed are:
    Giacomo Agostini
    Franz Beckenbauer
    Boris Becker
    Sergey Bubka
    Bobby Charlton
    Sebastian Coe
    Nadia Comaneci
    Joaquin Cortes
    Yaping Deng
    Marcel Desailly
    Morne du Plessis
    David Douillet
    Dawn Fraser
    Sean Fitzpatrick
    Morgan Freeman
    Tanni Grey-Thompson
    Tony Hawk
    Mike Horn
    Kip Keino
    Franz Klammer
    Eva Longoria
    Kyle MacLachlan
    Valeria Mazza
    Edwin Moses
    Nawal El Moutawakel
    Robby Naish
    Ilie Nastase
    Hugo Porta
    Monica Seles
    Mark Spitz
    Daley Thompson
    Alberto Tomba
    Steve Waugh
    Katarina Witt

    The Laureus World Sports Awards, which is broadcast to 190 countries and territories, is the premier global sports awards honouring the greatest sportsmen and women across all sports each year. The winners are selected by the ultimate sports jury - the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living legends of sport honouring the great athletes of today.

    The 2006 Awards Ceremony, held in the presence of His Majesty The King of Spain in Barcelona, was attended by global figures from sport, entertainment, business and fashion. Hollywood celebrities Teri Hatcher and Cuba Gooding Jr hosted the Awards Ceremony. Among the winners present in Barcelona in 2006 to receive Laureus Awards were Roger Federer, Janica Kostelic, Renault?s Flavio Briatore, Rafael Nadal, Johan Cruyff, Valentino Rossi and Ernst van Dyk.

    Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a world-famous destination. Its unique architecture, artistic ambience and celebrated tourist attractions have made it one of the most visited cities in the world.

    The Laureus World Sports Awards will be one of the first events to be staged in Barcelona during the ?Year of Sport? which begins in March 2007 and which celebrates the 15th anniversary of the highly successful Olympic Games which were held in Barcelona in 1992. The main aim is to promote sport as a tool to improve health and social integration and to demonstrate the ability of Barcelona to host major international sports events.

    Barcelona combines its passion for sport with its reputation as one of the most sophisticated business cities in Europe. The city offers world-class infrastructure, backed by superb organisational talent. Its unique qualities make Barcelona a natural choice to host the 2007 Laureus World Sports Awards. The nominees for the 2007 Laureus World Sports Awards are:

    Laureus World Sportsman of the Year
    Fernando Alonso (Spain, Motor Racing), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy, Football), Roger Federer (Switzerland, Tennis), Asafa Powell (Jamaica, Athletics), Michael Schumacher (Germany, Motor Racing), Tiger Woods (US, Golf).

    Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
    Justine Henin (Belgium, Tennis), Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia, Athletics), Carolina Kluft (Sweden, Athletics), Laure Manaudou (France, Swimming), Amelie Mauresmo (France, Tennis), Maria Sharapova (Russia, Tennis).

    Laureus World Team of the Year
    All Blacks (New Zealand, Rugby), FC Barcelona (Spain, Football), European Ryder Cup Team (Golf), Italian Men?s Football Team, Renault (France, Motor Racing), Spanish Basketball Team.

    Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year
    Xavier Carter (US, Athletics), Ghanaian Men?s Football Team, Lewis Hamilton (UK, Motor Racing), Amelie Mauresmo (France, Tennis), Britta Steffen (Germany, Swimming), Ma Xiaoxu (China, Football).

    Laureus World Comeback of the Year
    Drew Brees (US, American Football), Ben Curtis (US, Golf), Roy Jones Jr (US, Boxing), Miami Heat (US, Basketball), Serena Williams (US, Tennis), Zinedine Zidane (France, Football).

    Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability
    Martin Braxenthaler (Germany, Mono-skiing), Kurt Fearnley (Australia, Wheelchair Racing), Edith Hunkeler (Switzerland, Wheelchair Racing), Javier Otxoa (Spain, Cycling), Kazem Rajabi Golojeh (Iran, Powerlifting), Esther Vergeer (Netherlands, Wheelchair Tennis).

    Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year
    Aaron Hadlow (UK, Kiteboarding), Travis Pastrana (US, Moto-Cross), Kevin Pritchard (US, Windsurfing), Gisela Pulido (Spain, Kiteboarding), Kelly Slater (US, Surfing), Hannah Teter (US, Snowboarding), Shaun White (US, Snowboarding.Skateboarding).

    www.laureus.com For photos of Laureus events please visit www.laureusarchive.com

    Laureus is a universal movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good. Laureus is composed of three core elements - the Laureus World Sports Awards, the Laureus World Sports Academy and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation - which collectively celebrate sporting excellence and harness the power of sport to promote social change.

    The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier global sports awards honouring the greatest sportsmen and women across all sports each year. The winners are selected by the ultimate sports jury - the 43 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living legends of sport honouring the great athletes of today.

    The Awards are presented at an annual Awards Ceremony attended by global figures from sport, entertainment, business and fashion. Laureus TV programming is watched in over 190 countries and territories each year.

    The Laureus World Sports Academy have made exceptional contributions to the world of sport. Its members are: Giacomo Agostini, Severiano Ballesteros, Franz Beckenbauer, Boris Becker, Ian Botham, Sergey Bubka, Bobby Charlton, Sebastian Coe, Nadia Comaneci, Yaping Deng, Marcel Desailly, Kapil Dev, David Douillet, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sean Fitzpatrick, Dawn Fraser, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Tony Hawk, Mike Horn, Miguel Indurain, Michael Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kip Keino, Franz Klammer, Dan Marino, John McEnroe, Edwin Moses (Chairman), Nawal El Moutawakel, Robby Naish, Ilie Nastase, Martina Navratilova, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Morne du Plessis, Hugo Porta, Viv Richards, Monica Seles, Mark Spitz, Daley Thompson, Alberto Tomba, Steve Waugh, Katarina Witt and Yasuhiro Yamashita.

    The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation utilises the power of sport to address social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. The vision of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, as defined by Patron Nelson Mandela, is that "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."

    Laureus currently funds almost 50 projects worldwide. Its work focuses on helping young people overcome many problems, including poverty, homelessness, war, violence, drug abuse, discrimination and AIDS. So far almost 150,000 underprivileged young people have been helped. Members of the Laureus World Sports Academy volunteer their services as global ambassadors, visiting projects to encourage young people to participate in sport and to draw public attention to the problems affecting society today.

    Laureus is supported by its Founding Patrons DaimlerChrysler and Richemont represented by their brands Mercedes-Benz and IWC.

    Mercedes-Benz, the world?s oldest automaker, can look back on a unique tradition. The premium brand stands for modern, innovative automobiles, for quality, safety, comfort and design. Mercedes-Benz enjoys an excellent reputation, particularly in the area of safety technology. Many pioneering technical innovations that are standard automotive features today were first seen in a Mercedes-Benz car. The car with the star also has an excellent reputation with regard to quality, value for money and customer satisfaction. Mercedes-Benz is a Founding Partner of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Since the beginning of the Foundations? operations in 2000, Mercedes-Benz has shared and supported the goals and values of this worldwide charity programme where sports play the core role in the fight against social issues - Laureus has become a vital element of the corporate social responsibility programme of Mercedes-Benz.

    For more than a century, IWC Schaffhausen has been producing precision products of complex functionality and outstanding user-friendliness for watch connoisseurs who expect more from their watch than just having an accurate timekeeper. Since its foundation in 1868, the International Watch Company has built up a reputation as a long-established Swiss watchmaking firm with a passion for inventions, innovative solutions and technical refinements. Today the brand is more successful than at any time in its history. IWC uses this strength in a programme of corporate social responsibility initiatives at home and abroad. In 2005, IWC entered into a long-term commitment to become a Founding Partner of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

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