Laureus legends to gather in Gauteng

Some of the world’s most influential sportsmen and women are to attend next month’s Laureus World Sports Academy Forum in Gauteng. It will the first time the forum is held in Africa.

The Laureus World Sports Academy is a unique association of 42 of the greatest living sporting legends who share a belief in the power of sport to break down barriers, bring people together and to improve the lives of young people around the world.

The Academy members act as global ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, volunteering their time to visit projects in order to draw attention to the problems afflicting society today.

Among the members who are to attend the Laureus Academy Forum are Giacomo Agostini (former world motorcycling champion), Kip Keino (former Olympic middle distance champion), Morné du Plessis (former Springbok rugby captain), Boris Becker (winner of multiple grand slam tennis titles), Franz Klammer (former Olympic ski champion), Hugo Porta (former Argentinian rugby player, regarded as the best ever to come from Argentina), Bobby Charlton (former England footballer), Edwin Moses (former Olympic 400 metres hurdles champion and world record holder), Monica Seles (multiple tennis grand slam winner), Kapil Dev (Indian cricketer regarded as one of the greatest allrounders of all time), Nawal El Moutawakel (former Olympic 400 metres hurdles champion), Mark Spitz (winner of seven swimming gold medals at Munich Olympics in 1972), David Douillet (former world judo champion), Ilie Nastase (former world number one and US Open tennis champion), Daley Thompson (former world and Olympic decathlon champion), Emerson Fittipaldi (former world motor-racing champion) and Martina Navratilova (holder of record number of grand slam tennis titles).