Sporting greats, past and present, will be in the audience when the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards is held in London on Monday, February 6.
At the Awards Ceremony will be a host of Laureus Academy Members, Ambassadors, Nominees and sports stars from around the world, including Boris Becker, Bobby Charlton, Nadia Comaneci, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sean Fitzpatrick, Ruud Gullit, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Edwin Moses, Martina Navratilova, Gary Player, Steve Redgrave, Mark Spitz and Steve Waugh.
The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar. The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury made up of 47 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time, will be unveiled at a globally televised Awards Ceremony staged at Central Hall, Westminster, in London.
The current list of sports stars, past and present, who have so far confirmed their attendance are:
|Ade Adepitan||Dai Greene||Ilie Nastase|
|Giacomo Agostini||Tanni Grey-Thompson||Martina Navratilova|
|Mansour Bahrami||Ruud Gullit||Alexey Nemov|
|Boris Becker||Marvelous Marvin Hagler||Matthew Pinsent|
|Jamie Bestwick||Mika Häkkinen||Oscar Pistorius|
|Serge Betsen||Alan Hansen||Gary Player|
|Annabelle Bond||Tony Hawk||Steve Redgrave|
|Sergey Bubka||Tim Henman||Jamie Redknapp|
|Schalk Burger Jr||Kelly Holmes||John Robbie|
|Bobby Charlton||Mike Horn||Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario|
|Vivian Cheruiyot||Miguel Indurain||Monica Seles|
|Paul Collingwood||Colin Jackson||Alan Shearer|
|Nadia Comaneci||Kip Keino||Mark Spitz|
|David Coulthard||Taig Khris||Daley Thompson|
|Lawrence Dallaglio||Franz Klammer||Alberto Tomba|
|Marcel Desailly||Philip Köster||Andy Turner|
|Kapil Dev||Petra Kvitová||Pieter van den Hoogenband|
|Daniel Dias||Henri Leconte||Edwin van der Sar|
|Mick Doohan||Denise Lewis||Esther Vergeer|
|Morné du Plessis||Tegla Loroupe||Patrick Vieira|
|Gail Emms||Michael Lynagh||Steve Waugh|
|Emerson Fittipaldi||Barry McGuigan||David Weir|
|Sean Fitzpatrick||Edwin Moses||Jack Wilshere|
|Dawn Fraser||Nawal El Moutawakel||Katarina Witt|
|Frankie Fredericks||Robby Naish|
Double Olympic gold medallist Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: "I am delighted that the 2012 Laureus Awards is to be staged in London. Sport is close to the hearts of everyone in London and the UK and that makes me very excited that the Awards are being held here. I am thrilled that so many members of the Laureus Family will be there to salute the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year."
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: "I am excited that the Laureus World Sports Awards and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation have decided to bring the Awards to London for 2012. Laureus and I share a commitment to making sport a positive part of everyone's life regardless of age and ability. Celebrating the power of sport here in London with the world's sporting superstars will provide the perfect start to our Olympic year and it marks the beginning of a real and long-lasting grassroots sports legacy for London and beyond."
Among the winners who have received Awards at previous Awards Ceremonies have been Jenson Button, Roger Federer, Sir Alex Ferguson, Lewis Hamilton, Justine Henin, Kelly Holmes, Rafael Nadal, Sir Steve Redgrave, Ronaldo, Michael Schumacher, Kelly Slater, Serena Williams and Zinedine Zidane. Guests attending the Awards Ceremony have included His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Sean Connery, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Morgan Freeman, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey.