Global sporting legends to attend 2024 Laureus World Sports Awards

Laureus World Sports Academy
Madrid will be the focus of the sports world next month when it stages the 2024 Laureus World Sports Awards, the most prestigious honours event on the international sporting calendar. 
This is the 25th edition of the Laureus Awards – now regarded as the “athletes’ awards” due to their unique selection process and the regard in which they are held by sportsmen and women at all levels.

The responsibility of selecting the winners falls to the Members of the Laureus World Sports Academy – legends of sport who are best-placed to appreciate the unique stories and achievement of the Nominees selected in each category by a panel of over 1300 top sports media.

No fewer than 15 Olympic and Paralympic gold medal winners will attend this year’s Awards – a precursor to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games - alongside world champions from major sports – including World Cup Winners and World Record Holders.
This is the first time the Laureus Awards have been held in Madrid and Spanish sporting legends Miguel Indurain and Raúl will be among the Academy Members present on Monday, April 22 at the Palacio de Cibeles, one of the Spanish capital’s most iconic buildings. 

The first list of confirmed attendees for this year’s Awards focuses on the Members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.  Among those joining Nominees and sports stars as well as sports fans from fashion, film and entertainment are:

Football: Cafu, Alessandro Del Piero, Marcel Desailly, Ruud Gullit, Raúl
Athletics: Nawal El Moutawakel, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Michael Johnson, Edwin Moses, Tanni Grey-Thompson
Rugby: Sean Fitzpatrick (Chairman), Bryan Habana, Hugo Porta
Skiing: Maria Hőfl-Riesch, Franz Klammer, Alberto Tomba
Cycling: Fabian Cancellara, Miguel Indurain
Tennis: Martina Navratilova
Gymnastics: Nadia Comaneci, Li Xiaopeng
Motor Cycling: Giacomo Agostini
Rowing: Steve Redgrave
Squash: Nicol David
Speed Skating: Yang Yang
Hockey: Luciana Aymar
Swimming: Daniel Dias
Windsurfing: Robby Naish
Also, Laureus Ambassadors who are attending include Swedish football star Kosovare Asllani, who played for Real Madrid until 2022, and Sophia Flőrsch, the German motor racing driver who won the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award in 2020. More attendees will be announced shortly. 

Many of the biggest names from the world of sport, past and present, will be in Madrid to honour the greatest sportsmen, sportswomen and teams from 2023. Each of the Winners will leave with a coveted Laureus Statuette, one of most recognisable symbols of excellence in sport.

Media who wish to attend the Laureus World Sports Awards should apply as soon as possible for accreditation. In addition to reporting on the Awards Ceremony, media attending will have the opportunity to interview Laureus Academy Members and other sportsmen and women present in Madrid.

While celebrating the greatest sporting successes of the year, the Laureus World Sports Awards also showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good, which uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and inequality, showing how sport can change the world. Today Laureus supports more than 300 programmes in over 50 countries, working to transform society and improve the lives of young people. Since its inception in 2000, Laureus Sport for Good has used the power of sport to improve the lives of more than six-and-a-half million children and young adults. 

The impact of the Awards is a key element to both the planning and delivery of the 2024 event. Working closely with both Host Partners, Madrid City Council and the Regional Government of Madrid, Laureus will bring the expertise and support of Laureus Sport for Good to leave a lasting legacy for the young people of the city and region of Madrid.

To see the full list of Nominees for the 2024 Laureus World Sports - click here.

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