Laureus World Sports Awards 2015 in Shanghai.
Debut in China.
The 16th award ceremony for the Laureus World Sports Awards will be staged in Shanghai in 2015. This international event is taking place for the first time in China. Appropriately, China is celebrating the Year of the Sheep in 2015. “In Chinese culture, the sheep symbolizes good luck, which is the best greeting for the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards,” says Chen Zhongwei, General Manager of the HengYuanXiang Group, with great anticipation. The Group, a textile and wool producer, is a Partner to this major event. Dr. Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, is also excited about the awards ceremony: “I am delighted that the 2015 Laureus Awards will be held in Shanghai, an exhilarating and vibrant city. I have been to Shanghai many times and have always enjoyed its very special atmosphere. This is the first time the Awards are being held in China and this is an exciting new adventure for us.”
A great honour.
The Laureus World Sports Awards are the most important sports awards at international level. The outstanding sporting achievements of the previous year are honoured at this event. The Laureus World Sports Academy, composed of 46 top-class sporting legends, selects the winners of the award for eight different categories. In addition to the Laureus World Sportsman and Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, awards are conferred on the Laureus World Team, Laureus World Breakthrough, Laureus World Comeback, Laureus World Sportsperson with a Disability and Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year. The members of the jury include Franz Beckenbauer, Katarina Witt and Mika Häkkinen. The proceeds from the event go to the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation, which supports over 150 sports projects in 34 countries.
More than 60 million euros have already gone into these aid projects since its foundation. The projects are committed to helping children and young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds to a better life.
Together we are strong.
The Municipal Government of Shanghai has also promised its support to Laureus. “The charm of sports lies in its ability to get the best from people and motivate them to be better. We are very delighted that the Awards Ceremony for 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards is going to be held in Shanghai, an enthusiastic sporting city. We will strongly support Laureus to ensure that we hold a successful and wonderful Awards Ceremony and hope that the excellent athletes from around the world and all who come for this great event can have a great time in Shanghai,” declares Yang Xiong, Mayor of the City of Shanghai.
The first Laureus patron, Nelson Mandela, was quick to recognise and emphasis the value of the Laureus World Sports Awards.
He pointed out that Laureus is much more than just a set of sports awards; rather, that it is an organisation that can bring about change for the good. His words, 'Sport has the power to change the world,' subsequently became the organisation's mission statement.