Usain Bolt

The announcement of the new venue comes less than a month after organisers ended the contract with Rio de Janeiro because of financial constraints, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has been chosen as the destination this year for the Laureus World Sports Awards 2014!

“I am delighted that the 2014 Awards is to be staged in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 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,” said the Awards chairman Edwin Moses.

The chairman also spoke about a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, “Of course, this is 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 a ceremony to remember where we can salute today’s sporting heroes and pay tribute to President Mandela.”

Novak Djokovic

Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism and Culture Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri said: “Kuala Lumpur is honoured to have been given the privilege of hosting the prestigious 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards. We are proud to count badminton world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, squash world champion Nicol David and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Pandelela Rinong (diving) as products of our sports culture.”

Lee Chong Wei In Ready Position
Lee Chong Wei

He also added, “With international events such as the Monsoon Cup and Formula One Grand Prix, we are supremely confident that Kuala Lumpur is the perfect host for a sporting event with such global significance. I am positive this will be an event to remember for all involved.”

Nicol David

The winners of awards are selected by the 46 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.

Pandalela Rinong