The 2014 Laureus World Sports Award will be moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and will be held in March 26, after the event’s original date in Brazil was cancelled.
According to SportBusiness International, the new destination for sport’s premier honours event was confirmed this morning. The Rio event had been cancelled after $15m in hosting fees were left unpaid.
“It is an exciting development that Laureus is being held in South East Asia for the first time, enabling the Laureus message to be extended to a new part of the world,” Edwin Moses, chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said.
“Of course this will be a very emotional occasion as it is the first Awards since the death of our Patron, the great Nelson Mandela, and I am sure with the support of everyone in Kuala Lumpur it will be an Awards Ceremony to remember where we can salute today’s sporting heroes and pay tribute to President Mandela.”
YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri, Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, added:
“Kuala Lumpur is honoured to have been given the privilege of hosting the prestigious 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards and the city looks forward to staging this internationally-renowned event and welcoming a plethora of sporting legends to Malaysia. This is a sports-loving country and I can promise warm Malaysian hospitality awaits all our guests.”
The Laureus World Sports Awards started in Monaco in 2000, and have been hosted by Lisbon, Barcelona, St Petersburg, Abu Dhabi and London before moving to Rio.