Hollywood Star Bill Murray to Host Laureus Awards


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

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.

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