HOLLYWOOD STAR BILL MURRAY TO HOST LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS

  • ‘I am at my best at a moment like this’ says Bill Murray
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  • Laureus World Sports Awards to be held in Berlin on April 18
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BERLIN, April 17, 2016 – Hugely popular Hollywood comedian, actor and writer Bill Murray, famous for landmark roles in blockbuster films such as Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost In Translation and The Grand Budapest Hotel, is to host the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin on April 18.

Bill’s latest successes have included the movie Rock the Kasbah and he was also nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for `A Very Murray Christmas’ shown on Netflix in December, which he also wrote.

Bill Murray said: “As a world class athlete, I am at my best at a moment like this. It’s what I have trained for.”

The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier honours event on the international sporting calendar. The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of more than 50 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time, will be unveiled at the Awards Ceremony staged at the Messe Berlin Palais am Funkturm on the evening of Monday, April 18.

The Laureus Academy Members, Ambassadors, Nominees and Guests so far confirmed for Berlin are:

Boris Becker Mick Doohan Kip Keino Carles Puyol
Oliver Bierhoff Morné du Plessis Chloe Kim Raul
Ole Bischof Pieter du Preez Christa Kinshofer Steve Redgrave
Stefan Blöcher Omara Durand Franz Klammer Jamie Redknapp
Fredi Bobic Mick Fanning Philip Köster Markus Rehm
Marie Bochet Luis Figo Stefan Kretzschmar Nico Rosberg
Ian Botham Anna Fenninger Nia Künzer David Rudisha
Martin Braxenthaler Sean Fitzpatrick Niki Lauda Anna Schaffelhuber
Bob Burnquist Cathy Freeman Jens Lehmann Axel Schulz
Flavio Canto Jan Frodeno Tegla Loroupe Daley Thompson
Cafu Tanni Grey-Thompson Joachim Löw Alberto Tomba
Nadia Comaneci Bryan Habana Garrett McNamara Pascal Wehrlein
David Coulthard Marvelous Marvin Hagler Edwin Moses Steve Waugh
Liu Cuiqing Mika Hakkinen Robby Naish Katarina Witt
Alessandro Del Piero Regina Halmich Ilie Nastase Toto Wolff
Deng Yaping Lewis Hamilton Alexey Nemov Kathi Wörndl
Marcel Desailly Maria Höfl-Riesch Brian O’Driscoll
Kapil Dev Chris Hoy Victoria Pendleton
Genzebe Dibaba Nadine Kessler Hugo Porta

The Laureus World Sports Awards supports Laureus Sport for Good by showcasing the incredible work it does to transform the lives of individuals and communities around the world by using the power of sport as a tool to combat challenging social issues. Since its inception, Laureus Sport for Good has raised over €100 million and supported over 150 projects worldwide which use sport to tackle violence, discrimination and disadvantage. Laureus Sport for Good has helped to improve the lives of millions of young people in over 35 countries and is proving that sport can change the world.  

The Awards Ceremony, attended by legends of sport past and present, celebrates the achievements of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year.

The full list of Nominees for the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards is:

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

Usain Bolt (Jamaica) Athletics, Stephen Curry (US) Basketball, Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Tennis, Lewis Hamilton (UK) Motor Racing, Lionel Messi (Argentina) Football, Jordan Spieth (US) Golf.

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award

Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) Athletics, Anna Fenninger (Austria) Skiing, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) Athletics, Katie Ledecky (US) Swimming, Carli Lloyd (US) Football, Serena Williams (US) Tennis.

Laureus World Team of the Year Award

All Blacks (NZ) Rugby, FC Barcelona (Spain) Football, Golden State Warriors (US) Basketball, GB Davis Cup Team (Tennis), Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (Germany), US Women’s Football Team.

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award

Chile Men’s Football Team, Jason Day (Australia) Golf, Tyson Fury (UK) Boxing, Adam Peaty (UK) Swimming, Jordan Spieth (US) Golf, Max Verstappen (Netherlands).

Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award

Dan Carter (NZ) Rugby, Jessica Ennis-Hill (UK) Athletics, Mick Fanning (Australia) Surfing, Michael Phelps (US) Swimmer, David Rudisha (Kenya) Athletics, Lindsey Vonn (US) Skiing.

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award

Marie Bochet (France) Skiing, Liu Cuiqing (China) Athletics, Daniel Dias (Brazil) Swimming, Omara Durand (Cuba) Athletics, Pieter Du Preez (S.Africa) Athletics, Cycling, Leung Yuk Wing (China Hong Kong) Boccia.

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award

Rachel Atherton (UK) Mountain Biking, Bob Burnquist (Brazil) Skateboard, Adriano de Souza (Brazil) Surfing, Mick Fanning (Australia) Surfing, Jan Frodeno (Germany) Ironman Triathlon, Chloe Kim (US) Snowboarding.

For more detailed biographies of Nominees go to www.laureus.com

Among the sporting greats who have previously been named as winners of Laureus Awards over the last 16 years are Usain Bolt, Sebastian Coe, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Alex Ferguson, Lewis Hamilton, Kelly Holmes, Yao Ming, Rafael Nadal, Pelé, Steve Redgrave, Ronaldo, Michael Schumacher, Kelly Slater, Shaun White, Serena Williams and Zinedine Zidane.

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