Shanghai: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will be among the many high-profile guests gracing the premier Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony, scheduled to be held here on April 15. Chinese basketball giant Yao Ming will also be present on the occasion, Laureus said in a statement today. 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, made up of 50 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time, will be unveiled at the globally televised event staged at the world-famous Shanghai Grand Theatre.
Yao Ming is already a winner of a Laureus Award, having been presented with the Laureus Newcomer of the Year Award in 2003 in recognition of his impact on US basketball in the NBA. Indian Batting great Tendulkar retired from cricket in 2013 after scoring a world record 15,921 runs in Test matches and 18,426 in One Day Internationals. He is the only man to score 100 centuries in international cricket.
Tendulkar and Yao Ming are the latest sporting giants to confirm they will be present at the high profile event, which will be hosted by film and TV star Benedict Cumberbatch. Other leading sports stars coming to Shanghai are former NFL player Marcus Allen, South African rugby legends Schalk Burger and Jean de Villiers, plus Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer, West Indies cricketer Michael Holding, American skateboard sensation Nyjah Huston and British Paralympic star Sarah Storey.