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Abu Dhabi to host Laureus awards again.

Galaxy of stars expected at gala event

Abu Dhabi The 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards will be held in Abu Dhabi on February 7.

The awards, which recognise sporting achievement, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar. The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy -- a sports jury made up of 46 of the greatest sportsmen and women of all time -- will be unveiled at a globally televised awards ceremony staged at the Emirates Palace Hotel.

Double Olympic gold medallist Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: "I am delighted the Laureus World Sports Awards is returning to Abu Dhabi and so many members of the Laureus Family will be there to salute the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year.

"Our visit to Abu Dhabi last year was unforgettable and produced a most memorable Awards Ceremony. We are all looking forward to returning to Abu Dhabi to celebrate another wonderful year of sport."

The Laureus World Sports Awards is returning to Abu Dhabi with the support of Aabar Investments PJS, host partner for the event. Khadem Al Qubaisi, Chairman of Aabar, said: "This is a unique event."

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Edwin Moses

Sporting elite

Among the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy and the Ambassadors programme who will be in Abu Dhabi are: Ruud Gullit, Marvelous Marvin Hagler Oscar Pistorius, Boris Becker, Mika Hakkinen, Gary Player, Franz Beckenbauer, Sergey Bubka, Kelly Holmes, Bobby Charlton, Kip Keino, Lucas Radebe, Nadia Comaneci, Monica Seles, Mark Spitz, Marcel Desailly, Kapil Dev, Daley Thompson, Sean Fitzpatrick, Edwin Moses, Dawn Fraser, Nawal El Moutawakel, Pieter Van den Hoogenband, Frankie Fredericks, Steve Waugh, Tanni Grey-Thompson & Ilie Nastase.

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Date:Jan 24, 2011
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