Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel will sign an agreement to become an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation next Tuesday, March 8 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. At the same time, the nominations for the Laureus World Sports Awards, which are considered the "Oscars" of Sport, will be made public.
Van Moorsel will become the ambassador for Laureus Benelux & Dutch Caribbean, the regional branch of the global Laureus organisation, which conducts social sporting projects for young people. Other ambassadors include Boris Becker, Edwin Moses, Michael Jordan, John McEnroe, Miguel Indurain, Martina Navratilova, Seve Ballesteros, Nadia Comaneci, Katarina Witt and Alberto Tomba.
The Awards will be presented on May 16 in Estoril, Portugal. More than 550 sports journalists from around the world nominate the top athletes in the following categories: Sportsman, Sportswomen, Sports Team, Newcomer and Comeback of the Year. There are also special awards for Best Sportsman with a Physical Handicap, the Alternative Sportsperson of the Year, a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Sport for Good Award. Past winners include: Michael Schumacher, Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams, Ronaldo, Tiger Woods, Cathy Freeman and Hermann Maier.