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 BeckerAnna FenningerEdwin Moses
Oliver BierhoffSean FitzpatrickRobby Naish
Ole BischofCathy FreemanIlie Nastase
Stefan BlöcherJan FrodenoAlexey Nemov
Fredi BobicTanni Grey-ThompsonBrian O’Driscoll
Marie BochetBryan HabanaVictoria Pendleton
Ian BothamMarvelous Marvin HaglerHugo Porta
Martin BraxenthalerMika HakkinenCarles Puyol
Bob BurnquistRegina HalmichRaul
Flavio CantoLewis HamiltonSteve Redgrave
CafuMaria Höfl-RieschJamie Redknapp
Nadia ComaneciChris HoyMarkus Rehm
David CoulthardNadine KesslerNico Rosberg
Liu CuiqingKip KeinoDavid Rudisha
Alessandro Del PieroChloe KimAnna Schaffelhuber
Deng YapingChrista KinshoferAxel Schulz
Marcel DesaillyFranz KlammerMichael Teuber
Kapil DevPhilip KösterDaley Thompson
Genzebe DibabaStefan KretzschmarPascal Wehrlein
Mick DoohanNia KünzerSteve Waugh
Morné du PlessisNiki LaudaKatarina Witt
Pieter du PreezJens LehmannToto Wolff
Omara DurandTegla LoroupeKathi Wörndl
Mick FanningJoachim Löw
Luis FigoGarrett 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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