‘Laureus is delighted to have two such illustrious sporting legends as new members of the Laureus Family’ – says Laureus Chairman Edwin Moses
SHANGHAI, April 15, 2015 – Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest cricketer of the modern generation, and Chinese basketball giant Yao Ming have been elected the newest members of the Laureus World Sports Academy. The news was announced at the in Shanghai.
Sachin Tendulkar retired from cricket in 2013 after scoring a world record 15,837 runs for India in Test matches and 18,426 in One Day Internationals. He is the only man to score 100 centuries in international cricket.
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.
They now become the 51st and 52nd members of the Laureus Academy, a unique collection of the world’s greatest living sportsmen and sportswomen dedicated to changing the world through the power of sport.
Olympic legend Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, inducted the two super stars at the Laureus World Sports Awards, the premier honours event on the international sporting calendar, staged at the Shanghai Grand Theatre.
Edwin Moses said: “On behalf of the Laureus World Sports Academy, I would like to welcome Sachin Tendulkar and Yao Ming. Laureus is delighted to have two such illustrious sporting legends as new members of the Laureus Family. Sachin is one of the greatest cricketers of all time and Yao Ming is one of those people who is a sporting legend, but who also shows a greater commitment than simply what happens in the sports hall.”
The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy volunteer their time to support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which uses the power of sport to improve young people’s lives. Since its inception, Laureus has raised more than €60 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of millions of young people. Currently Laureus supports more than 150 projects in 34 countries.