Madrid to Host the 25th Edition of the Prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards

The 25th edition of the highly esteemed Laureus World Sports Awards, the pinnacle event in sports honors, is set to take place at Cibeles Palace in Madrid on April 22nd. This grand occasion will bring together the world's top sportsmen and women who will vie for recognition in seven elite categories.

Madrid, a city renowned for its passion for sports, will welcome prominent figures from the sporting world, both past and present, as they gather to pay tribute to the outstanding sportsmen, sportswomen, and teams of 2023. The coveted Laureus Statuette, one of the most recognizable symbols of sporting excellence, will be presented to each of the winners.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Laureus World Sports Awards, and it will be the fifth time the event is hosted in Spain, following successful editions in Barcelona (2006, 2007) and Seville (2021, 2022). Madrid steps in as the host city, taking over from Paris, which held last year's award ceremony, honoring luminaries such as Lionel Messi, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Spanish tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz.

The Laureus Awards celebrate and acknowledge the most remarkable sporting performances of the previous year. In 2023, Madrid proudly welcomed back the triumphant FIFA Women's World Cup winners after their resounding victory in Australia. The year also witnessed Novak Djokovic's dominance in tennis, with the exception of a thrilling Wimbledon final where he was outshone by the young talent Carlos Alcaraz. The World Athletics Championships showcased awe-inspiring displays by athletes like Faith Kipyegon, Sha'Carri Richardson, Shericka Jackson, Mondo Duplantis, and Noah Lyles.

The nominees for this year's seven categories will be unveiled on February 26th, following voting by the world's media. The gala ceremony will also feature the prestigious Laureus Sport for Good Award, which recognizes individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to transforming the lives of children and young people through sport.

Laureus, since its inception, has made a profound impact on the lives of over six and a half million children and young individuals, supporting more than 300 sport-based community programs worldwide. In doing so, it embodies the visionary words of its founder, Nelson Mandela, who believed that "sport has the power to change the world."

As Madrid prepares to host the 25th edition of the Laureus World Sports Awards, the city's vibrant sports culture and commitment to excellence make it an ideal backdrop for this momentous event. The Laureus Awards not only shine a spotlight on exceptional athletic achievements but also highlight the transformative power of sport in making a positive difference in society.