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Seville To Be Host City For 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards


LONDON, April 13, 2021 – The winners of
the 22nd Laureus World Sports Awards, the most prestigious
honours in sport, are to be announced in Seville on May
6.

Seville, the capital of Andalusia, captures the
essence of Spanish culture, art and passion. Its striking
beauty and fascinating history make it a unique city with
three World Heritage Sites.

The Awards Show will be a
‘virtual’ ceremony, honouring the most memorable
sporting performances of 2020 and recognising the wider
impact on society made by athletes during the year.

In
line with Laureus’ focus on Sport for Good, there will be
additional Awards which tell the inspirational stories of
those who have worked tirelessly to combat the coronavirus
pandemic, and highlight the advocacy of sportsmen and
sportswomen who have used their positions of influence to
fight for social justice and humanitarian
causes.

Since its inception Laureus has helped to
improve the lives of more than six million children and
young adults, and now supports more than 250 sports-based
community programmes around the world, fulfilling the
visionary words of its First Patron Nelson Mandela –
‘Sport has the power to change the world’.

The
Laureus Family spreads across every continent and is an
inspirational purpose focused network of Laureus World
Sports Academy Members, ambassadors, sportsmen and women,
teams, sports governing bodies, federations and followers
from the public, all committed to support Sport for Good and
spread the movement’s influence to a wider global
audience.

Laureus Academy Members welcomed the news.
US track giant Michael Johnson said:
Seville has so many memories for me. I ran one of my
most memorable races there in 1999 when I set a world record
for the 400 metres which stood for 17 years, so it’s a
special place. I remember saying at the time that it was the
perfect setting. I wanted the gold but I also knew that I
would not have many more occasions to break the world
record. In Seville I was really at peace with myself. I’m
delighted that I can now reconnect with Seville again, this
time through the Laureus Awards.

Olympic
gymnastic legend Nadia Comaneci added:
As a Laureus Academy Member for more than 20 years, I
would like to say how pleased I am that we are able to link
up with Seville to create what I know will be a wonderful
Awards Show. Spain is one of my favourite countries and I
know there is a big passion for Laureus there among sports
fans who really appreciate all the work we do to help
children through our Sport for Good work around the world.
Seville is a very special city and I am very excited that we
are teaming up with them.

And footballer
Luis Figo, who played for both leading
Spanish teams FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, said: “As a
Laureus Academy Member who lives in Spain, I am really happy
that the 2021 Awards will be hosted in the country again.
The last was in Barcelona in 2007, which is a long time. A
big thank you to everyone in Seville who is making this
possible at a difficult time.

Seville, with an
important presence linked to innovation and sustainability,
and with an unparalleled involvement in and commitment to
sport and social integration, is currently celebrating the
fifth centenary of the first round-the-world voyage by
Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian
Elcano.

Juan Espadas, the Mayor of
Seville, said: “It is a great pleasure for us to join
with Laureus for the 2021 World Sports Awards, especially at
such a moment as this for the City of Seville, which is
celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first
circumnavigation of the Earth by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan
Sebastian Elcano. The expedition left Seville in 1519 and
returned three years later. From that moment all the oceans
and continents of the planet were
connected.

Now, with our desire to create a
new purpose for our future, a new awareness of the
challenges which we face in the modern world, we can use the
same spirit of the explorers to change the world for the
better. Like Laureus, the City of Seville supports the
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and once again
we can be an engine of change for the
world.

We recognise humanity’s ability to
constantly move forward in exploration, in science, in the
arts and in sport. Which is why we are so happy to become
partners with Laureus at this eventful moment,
” added
Snr Espadas.

Among the many big names who have had a
year to remember and who will be in contention for Laureus
Awards are Rafael Nadal, Lewis Hamilton, LeBron James,
Robert Lewandowski (Sportsman), Naomi Osaka, Federica
Brignone (Sportswoman), Bayern Munich,
Liverpool FC, Los Angeles Lakers, Mercedes AMG Petronas
Formula One (Team), Ansu Fati, Joan Mir,
Tadej Pogacar, Dominic Thiem (Breakthrough) and
Kento Momota, Alex Smith, Mikaela Shiffrin
(Comeback).

The Awards Show, featuring presentations
and related news stories will be available to the world’s
media, and broadcast extensively on Laureus social media
platforms.

Click here
for full list of Nominees

The winners of Laureus World
Sports Awards are selected by the ultimate sports jury – the
69 Members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living
legends of sport honouring the greatest athletes of
today.

They are: Giacomo Agostini, Marcus Allen,
Luciana Aymar, Franz Beckenbauer, Boris Becker, Ian Botham,
Sergey Bubka, Cafu, Fabian Cancellara, Bobby Charlton,
Sebastian Coe, Nadia Comaneci, Nicol David, Alessandro Del
Piero, Yaping Deng, Marcel Desailly, Kapil Dev, Mick Doohan,
David Douillet, Rahul Dravid, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Luis Figo,
Emerson Fittipaldi, Sean Fitzpatrick (Chairman), Missy
Franklin, Dawn Fraser, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Ryan Giggs, Ruud
Gullit, Bryan Habana, Mika Hakkinen, Tony Hawk, Maria Höfl-
Reisch, Mike Horn, Chris Hoy, Miguel Indurain, Michael
Johnson, Kip Keino, Franz Klammer, Lennox Lewis, Tegla
Loroupe, Dan Marino, Yao Ming, Edwin Moses, Nawal El
Moutawakel, Li Na, Robby Naish, Martina Navratilova, Alexey
Nemov, Jack Nicklaus, Lorena Ochoa, Brian O’Driscoll, Gary
Player, Morné du Plessis, Hugo Porta, Carles Puyol, Raul,
Steve Redgrave, Vivian Richards, Monica Seles, Mark Spitz,
Sachin Tendulkar, Daley Thompson, Alberto Tomba, Francesco
Totti, Steve Waugh, Katarina Witt, Li Xiaopeng, Yang
Yang

Laureus was founded by its Patrons Richemont and
Daimler and is supported by its Global Partners
Mercedes-Benz, IWC Schaffhausen and
MUFG.

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