February 5, 2011 by staff
Spanglish, Celebrated Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman will be among the special guests of the Laureus World Sports Awards 2011 World to be held in Abu Dhabi on the evening of Monday, February 7 and hosted by double Oscar winner Kevin Spacey. Ronan Keating, who has sold over 20 million records worldwide as a solo artist since leaving Boyzone will be on stage, and will also present the Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, who has starred in 18 films France and Spain and also played Elsa in the film Snakes Samuel L Jackson on the plane, and Paz Vega, who was a star of 7 Vidas, a series presented as a Spanish friends and played in films like “Spanglish “The Spirit and co-starred with Morgan Freeman in 10 Items or Less.
The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognize sporting achievement, honors are first on the international sporting calendar. The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 46 of the greatest athletes of all time, will be announced at the televised ceremony prices worldwide at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Among the latest sports stars to confirm their attendance is tennis world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki. Other sports stars past and present include:
Mohammed Al Deayea
Bashar Al Salem
Morne du Plessis
Ronald de Boer
Nawal El Moutawakel
Pieter Van den
The Laureus World Sports Awards is back in Abu Dhabi with the support of Aabar Investments PJS, which will again host the event partner. His Excellency Khadem Al Qubaisi, Chairman of Aabar, said: “The Laureus World Sports Awards is a unique event, it was beautiful, very successful in Abu Dhabi where it was held here last March Everything was really wonderful Us… certainly try to do something special for this year’s awards. ”
Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, offers a fascinating combination of old and new, a blend of Arabian hospitality, where a mystical blend of culture and tradition meet in a context of the modern infrastructure of world class. Abu Dhabi is developing a reputation as a beautiful place for the sport as a host city for the FIFA Club World, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula One Etihad and Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, all highlights sports calendar of the city.
Aabar Investments PJS is an investment company based in Abu Dhabi. It invests in various sectors including aerospace, real estate, and automotive and financial services. Its largest stakeholder is the International Petroleum Investment Company, which is wholly owned by the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards will benefit directly and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 83 projects in the community sports world. Since its inception, Laureus has raised more than € 40 million for projects that have helped improve the lives of over one and a half million young people.
The full list of nominees for the Laureus World Sports Awards 2011 is:
Laureus Sportsman of the Year
Kobe Bryant (U.S. basketball), Andres Iniesta (Spain, football), Lionel Messi (Argentina, football), Rafael Nadal (Spain, tennis), Manny Pacquiao (Philippines, boxing), Sebastian Vettel (Germany, auto racing)
Laureus Sport for the Year
Kim Clijsters (Belgium, tennis), Jessica Ennis (UK Athletics), Blanka Vlasic (Croatia, athletics), Lindsey Vonn (USA, ski), Serena Williams (USA, Tennis), Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark, tennis)
Laureus World Team of the Year
All Blacks (New Zealand, rugby), the European team to Ryder Cup (golf), Inter Milan (Italy, Football) Los Angeles Lakers (U.S. basketball), Red Bull Formula a team (Austria), Spain World Cup team (football)
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year
Martin Kaymer (Germany, golf), Christophe Lemaitre (France, athletics), Matteo Manassero (Italy, golf), Thomas Muller (Germany, soccer), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa, golf), Teddy Tamgho (France, athletics)
Laureus Comeback of the Year
Paula Creamer (U.S., Golf), Tyson Gay (USA, Athletics), Justine Henin (Belgium, tennis), Carolina Kluft (Sweden, Athletics), Merlene Ottey (Slovenia, athletics), Valentino Rossi (Italy, motor bike)
Laureus World Sportsman of the Year with a Disability
Verena Bentele (Germany, skiing / biathlon), Matt Cowdrey (Australia, Swimming), Daniel Dias (Brazil, swimming), Jakub Krako (Slovakia, skiing), Esther Vergeer (Netherlands, wheelchair tennis), Lauren Woolstencroft (Canada, skiing)
Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Action
Jamie Bestwick (UK, BMX), Victor Fernandez (Spain, windsurfing), Stephanie Gilmore (Australia, Surfing), Levi Sherwood (N. Zealand, freestyle motocross), Kelly Slater (USA, surfing) Shaun White (USA, snowboarding)
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