The 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony will be staged at Central Hall Westminster on 6 February, with the venue expecting a full house including many of the biggest names in world sport past and present.
The Laureus World Sports Academy, which includes Lord Sebastian Coe, Sean Fitzpatrick, Daley Thomson, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Boris Becker as members, announced the list of nominees at a press conference at Central Hall Westminster.
The winners are chosen from six nominees in each category by the vote of the Laureus World Sports Academy, a jury, made up of 47 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time.
Nominees for 2012 include individual athletes and teams from rugby, football, athletics, tennis, motorsports and many other classes.
Proceeds from the event directly benefit and underpin the work of Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, supporting 89 community sports projects around the world. It has raised over €40m which has improved the lives of one and a half million children.
Paul Southern, Managing Director of Central Hall Westminster, tells CN: “I am a massive sport fan and this event is the most prestigious ceremony on the world sporting calendar; I couldn’t be happier and my staff are also very excited to host these awards. The guest list of international stars from every sport is incredible and we cannot wait to show the rest of the world our spectacular and flexible venue.
“We were bidding against a number of central London venues and managed to win the pitch due to our location and large capacity Great Hall together with the additional 25 rooms which will be used for cocktail parties, press rooms for world media and changing rooms.”
The Great Hall at Central Hall takes 2,100 normally but Southern says the production team will spend a week building a special set for the 900 VIPs.
Winners who have received the Laureus World Sports Award previously have included Jenson Button, Roger Federer, Sir Alex Ferguson, Lewis Hamilton, Rafael Nadal, Michael Schumacher, Kelly Slater and Serena Williams.
Up for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year 2012 are sprinter Usain Bolt, tennis world number one Novak Djokovic and F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.
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