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Industry: Kuala Lumpur to host Laureus World Sports Awards

Brazilian football star Neymar at last year’s Laureus World Sports Awards. Photo: AFP.

Brazilian football star Neymar at last year’s Laureus World Sports Awards in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: AFP.

February 5, 2014: The 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards will be held in Kuala Lumpur on March 26, following the cancellation of the planned event in Rio de Janeiro.


Organisers confirmed the new destination for sport’s premier honours event this morning, Sport Business reported, after concerns regarding almost US$15 million in unpaid hosting fees led to the Rio event being scrapped.


Further details about nominees for awards, plus the full programme of events, will be announced in the coming weeks.


Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: “It is an exciting development that Laureus is being held in Southeast Asia for the first time, enabling the Laureus message to be extended to a new part of the world.


“Of course, this will be a very emotional occasion as it is the first Awards since the death of our Patron, the great Nelson Mandela. I am sure with the support of everyone in Kuala Lumpur it will be an awards ceremony to remember, where we can salute today’s sporting heroes and pay tribute to President Mandela.”


YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri, Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, added: “Kuala Lumpur is honoured to have been given the privilege of hosting the prestigious 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards.


“The city looks forward to staging this internationally renowned event and welcoming a plethora of sporting legends to Malaysia. This is a sports-loving country and I can promise warm Malaysian hospitality awaits all our guests.”


The inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards took place in Monaco in 2000 before moving on to Lisbon, Estoril, Barcelona, Saint Petersburg, Abu Dhabi and London before being held in Rio last year.


Source: Sport Business

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