- Capello, Wenger, Kolisi, Kipchoge, Fraser-Pryce, Nowitzki among those present
- 2020 Laureus Awards to be held at Verti Music Hall, Berlin, on February 17
- Landmark 20th anniversary Ceremony celebrates a ‘Sport Unites Us’ theme
- For full list of Nominees in seven categories, click here
- Apply for media accreditation at http://accreditation.laureus.com
BERLIN, February 11, 2020 – Two of the greatest coaches in the history of football, Fabio Capello and Arsene Wenger, will be present in Berlin later this month for the 20th anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards.
They will be joined by three giants of the women’s game – Jill Ellis, former coach of the US team which won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019, Nia Künzer, scorer of the golden goal which won the 2003 World Cup for Germany, and current Sweden and CD Tacon star Kosovare Asllani. Plus German goalkeeping stars Jens Lehmann and Roman Weidenfeller.
The 20th anniversary Laureus Awards will honour the greatest sporting triumphs of 2019, as well as celebrating two decades of the Laureus movement and the power of sport in transforming the lives of millions of young people around the world. The theme for this landmark event is ‘Sport Unites Us’.
Amongst a Who’s Who of the greatest names in sport are Eliud Kipchoge, who smashed the two-hour barrier for the marathon, Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, British gold medal winning heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva.
Siya Kolisi, captain of the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks and team-mate Faf de Klerk, will be present along with surfers Maya Gabeira and Italo Ferreira.
There is a strong turn-out of German sports starts including basketball great Dirk Nowitzki, boxing hero Axel Schulz, footballer Fredi Bobic and Olympic gold medal triathlete Jan Frodeno.
They are joined by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy. So far confirmed to attend are:
Football: Cafu, Alessandro Del Piero, Luis Figo, Ruud Gullit, Carles Puyol; Athletics: Sergey Bubka, Michael Johnson, Tegla Loroupe, Edwin Moses, Nawal El Moutawakel, Daley Thompson; Rugby: Sean Fitzpatrick, Brian O’Driscoll, Morne du Plessis, Hugo Porta; Tennis: Boris Becker; Boxing: Marvelous Marvin Hagler; Cycling: Fabian Cancellara, Chris Hoy; Gymnastics: Nadia Comaneci, Alexey Nemov; Skateboarding: Tony Hawk; Swimming: Missy Franklin, Dawn Fraser, Mark Spitz; Motor Sport: Giacomo Agostini, Emerson Fittipaldi; Paralympic Sport: Tanni Grey-Thompson; Winter Sport: Maria Höfl-Riesch, Franz Klammer, Katarina Witt; Cricket: Steve Waugh; Adventure: Mike Horn; Windsurfing: Robby Naish.
Media who wish to attend should apply as soon as possible for accreditation at http://accreditation.laureus.com. 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 Berlin.
Montblanc has been announced as Official Awards Supporter – Berlin 2020. In celebration of Laureus’ landmark 20th anniversary and in line with the ‘Sport Unites Us’ theme, Montblanc is releasing a special edition bracelet, commemorating its ongoing support to Laureus Sport for Good’s work around the world.
It was at the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000 that Laureus Patron, Nelson Mandela, spoke the words which sparked the creation of the worldwide Sport for Good movement. 20 years on, these words still guide Laureus today – ‘Sport has the power to change the world; to unite people in a way little else does’. From sports stars to sports fans and the young people in Laureus Sport for Good programmes around the world: Sport Unites Us.
For more information on the Nominees and to stay updated in the build-up to the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards, visit laureus.com/world-sports-awards and follow #Laureus20 on social platforms.
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