The Laureus World Sports Awards will be held in Madrid on April 22

Neeraj Chopra and Yuvraj Singh are also Laureus ambassadors

The 25th edition of the Laureus World Sports Awards will take place in Madrid on April 22. This was announced on Wednesday by José Luis Martínez-Almeida, Mayor of Madrid, and Isabel Díaz Ayuso, President of the Madrid Region, together with members of the Laureus Raúl Academy. González and Alessandro Del Piero at the Teatro Albéniz in the Spanish capital.

Many of the biggest names in the world of sport, past and present, will be in Madrid in April to honor the greatest sportsmen, sportswomen and teams of 2023. Each of the winners will walk away with the coveted Laureus statuette, one of the most iconic symbols. excellence in sports.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Palacio de Cibeles, a remarkable building designed by the prolific partnership of architects Antonio Palacios and Joaquín Otamendi. It is one of the most famous buildings in Madrid.

Madrid now takes over the Laureus torch from Paris, the city that hosted last year's Laureus World Sports Awards, where winners included Lionel Messi, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the brilliant young Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz. Nominees for this year's awards in seven categories will be announced on February 26.

The Laureus Awards will celebrate the most memorable sporting achievements of the past year; the year Madrid welcomed home the FIFA Women's World Cup winners after their victory in Australia. The Spanish team, led by Aitana Bonmatí, lit up the tournament, which was one of the highlights of an incredible year in sport.

Also in 2023, Novak Djokovic moved to the head of the golden tennis generation, only Alcaraz, in the thrilling final of Wimbledon, thus protecting the world number one from a net profit of four Grand Slam tournaments.

The World Athletics Championships featured stunning performances from athletes such as Faith Kipyegon, Sha'Carri Richardson, Shericka Jackson, Mondo Duplantis and Noah Lyles. On the Formula 1 circuit, Max Verstappen and Oracle Red Bull Racing had a record-breaking season, securing both the Drivers' and Constructors' World Championships.

At the Rugby World Cup, Siya Kolisi recovered from injury to once again lead South Africa to rugby's pinnacle.

Although this is the first time Madrid has hosted the Laureus World Sports Awards, it is the fifth time the event has been held in Spain, following Barcelona (2006, 2007) and Seville (2021 and 2022). Spain has enjoyed remarkable success at the Laureus Awards – and the country is third in total winners.

Published: 07 Feb 2024 16:28:02 IST

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