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March 8, 2010
Oscar winner Kevin Spacey to host Laureus World Sports Awards

HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY Kevin Spacey will host this year's Laureus Awards (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

ABU DHABI, March 8, 2010 – Hollywood film star Kevin Spacey is to host the 2010 Laureus World Sports Awards, to be staged on Wednesday (March 10) in Abu Dhabi.

Kevin Spacey won Oscars for his roles in The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, and among his many other starring roles have been Seven, L A Confidential, Pay It Forward and Superman Returns. Since 2003, he has been artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London.

Hugely popular British film stars Hugh Grant and Clive Owen are also among the special guests at the Awards, along with American actors Kyle MacLachlan, star of Desperate Housewives, and Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Trudy Chacon in Avatar and was Ana Lucia Cortez in the TV series Lost.

The 2010 Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during the period January 1 - December 31, 2009, 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 46 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 the Awards Ceremony in Abu Dhabi are:

Giacomo Agostini
Antoine Albeau
Marcus Allen
Therese Alshammar
Brahim Asloum
Mansour Bahrami
Layne Beachley
Franz Beckenbauer
Boris Becker
Bakkies Botha
B J Botha
Ian Botham
Sergey Bubka
Jenson Button
Fabio Capello
Chris Cole
Nadia Comaneci
David Coulthard
Tom Daley
Kapil Dev
Deshun Deysel
Daniel Dias
Aly El Hamamsy
Abdel Zaher El-Saka
Julius Erving
Justin Eveson
Mick Fanning
Kurt Fearnley
Allyson Felix
Mark Fish
Emerson Fittipaldi
Sean Fitzpatrick
Andrew Flintoff
Dawn Fraser
Frankie Fredericks
Cathy Freeman
Jan Frodeno
Stephanie Gilmore
Gizem Girismen
Mika Hakkinen
Alan Hansen
Tony Hawk
Kelly Holmes
Mike Horn
Edith Hunkeler
Butch James
Kip Keino
Amir Khan
Taig Khris
Franz Klammer
Vitali Klitschko
Shingo Kunieda
Brian Lara
Michael Lynagh
Danny MacAskill
Barry McGuigan
Henry Maske
Edwin Moses
Nawal El Moutawakel
Dikembe Mutombo
Robbie Naish
Silvia Neid
Alexey Nemov
Christine Ohuruogu
Francois Pienaar
Oscar Pistorius
Morné du Plessis
Shaun Pollock
Hugo Porta
Steve Redgrave
Sanya Richards
Aaron Ross
Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario
Emilio Sanchez
Manuel de los Santos
Monica Seles
Yao Junior Senaya
Emma Snowsill
Britta Steffen
Michael Teuber
Pablo Thiam
Daley Thompson
Natalie du Toit
Alberto Tomba
Libby Trickett
Evonne Van Gennip
Michael Vaughan
Esther Vergeer
Jean de Villiers
Peter de Villiers
Steve Waugh

The names of the winners will be announced at a televised Awards Ceremony staged at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, which will also celebrate the first ten years in the life of Laureus.

The 2010 Laureus World Sports Awards will be supported by Host Partner Aabar Investments PJSC. Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, offers a fascinating combination of the old and the new; a blend of Arabian hospitality and mystique where a mixture of culture and tradition come together against a backdrop of the most modern world-class infrastructure. Abu Dhabi is developing a reputation as a leading international sporting venue. The Laureus World Sports Awards is the latest high profile sports event to be staged in Abu Dhabi. Last year Abu Dhabi was chosen to stage football’s FIFA Club World Cup, and the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship are now highlights of the sporting calendar in the city.

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