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Laureus World Sports Awards: Sports legends to descend on Berlin

Laureus World Sports Awards will be held in Berlin on February 17. Sporting legends will be in attendance in Germany

Laureus World Sports Awards Sports legends to descend on Berlin
Berlin, First Published Feb 12, 2020, 3:51 PM IST
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Berlin: Two of the greatest coaches in the history of football, Fabio Capello and Arsene Wenger, will be present in Berlin on February 17 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 turnout of German sports stars 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.

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