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:
B J Botha
Aly El Hamamsy
Abdel Zaher El-Saka
Nawal El Moutawakel
Morné du Plessis
Manuel de los Santos
Yao Junior Senaya
Natalie du Toit
Evonne Van Gennip
Jean de Villiers
Peter de Villiers
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.