Hugely popular Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winning actor Clive Owen is to host the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards to be staged in London at Central Hall Westminster on Monday (Feb 6).British TV and film star Owen, best known for films Closer and Children of Men, will be joined by other illustrious stars from the worlds of entertainment and fashion. Also present will be British actress Thandie Newton, who will be a segment host. Her films include Crash, Mission Impossible 2 and Run Fat Boy Run.
Popular Spanish actress Elsa Pataky and American Luke Wilson, brother of Owen Wilson, whose appearances include Legally Blonde, Old School, Bottle Rocket, and The Royal Tenenbaums will be present, along with Israeli actress and popular model Bar Rafaeli.
The 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar. The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 47 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time. The living legends of sport honouring the great athletes of today.
Among the sporting celebrities attending are:
Ade Adepitan, Stephen Donald, Eddie Jordan, Hugo Porta, Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan, Kip Keino, Sir Steve Redgrave, Mansour Bahrami, Jonathan Edwards, Franz Klammer, Jamie Redknapp, Franz Beckenbauer, Cadel Evans, Philip Koster, John Robbie, Boris Becker, Emerson Fittipaldi, Petra Kvitova, Monica Seles, Jamie Bestwick, Sean Fitzpatrick, Henri Leconte, Alan Shearer, Serge Betsen, William Fox Pitt, Denise Lewis, Mark Spitz, Annabelle Bond, Dawn Fraser, Lennox Lewis, Daley Thompson, Sergey Bubka, Frankie Fredericks, Tegla Loroupe, Alberto Tomba, Schalk Burger Jr, Terezinha Guilhermina, Barry McGuigan, Andy Turner, Sir Bobby Charlton, Will Greenwood, Edwin Moses, Pieter van den Hoogenband, Vivian Cheruiyot, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Nawal El Moutawakel, Edwin van der Sar, Paul Collingwood, Ruud Gullit, Kip Keino, Esther Vergeer, Johan Cruyff, Alan Hansen, Robby Naish, Patrick Vieira, Nadia Comaneci, Gavin Hastings, Ilie Nastase, Andre Villas-Boas, David Coulthard, Tony Hawk, Martina Navratilova, Steve Waugh, Lawrence Dallaglio, Tim Henman, Alexey Nemov, David Weir, Marcel Desailly, Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Arsene Wenger, Kapil Dev, Mike Horn, Oscar Pistorius, Katarina Witt, Daniel Dias, Miguel Indurain, Gary Player, Novak Djokovic, Colin Jackson, Morné du Plessis.
Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 91 community sports projects in 34 countries around the world, including five in London. Since its inception, Laureus has raised €40 million for projects which have improved the lives of more than one-and-a-half million young people.
The 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards have had the support of Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Mr Cameron said "I am delighted that the Laureus World Sports Awards are in London in 2012. These Awards celebrate the world's top sportsmen and women and highlight the incredible power of sport to make a real difference to individuals and communities around the world. I can't think of a better way to kick off our Olympic year."
And Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: "The Laureus World Sports Awards coming to London is one of the highlights of an amazing calendar of events taking place in London in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Having the Awards here shows that London is not only the greatest capital in the world but also the greatest place for sport at all levels – from top sports stars to grassroots sporting champions. Laureus and I share a commitment to making sport a positive part of everyone’s life regardless of age and ability and I am delighted that they have come to London in such an important year."
Paul Southern, Managing Director of Central Hall Westminster added: ‘’The transformation of the venue, both internally and externally, is magical. We have over 150 crew here all week creating the Laureus experience for the Awards and it is very exciting to watch the progress.”
Central Hall Westminster has been chosen to host this respected event as the London location. Central Hall Westminster is an incredible venue with a 2,000 seat capacity in the Great Hall and over 25 breakout and meeting rooms.