News from 2006

13 Sporting Legends visit Laureus kids in South Africa

[11.08.2006] Monica in Johannesburg.

Alexandra - Thirteen of the world's most influential sportsmen and sportswomen visited South Africa's Alexandra township on Tuesday (November 7) to meet children from the Laureus Sport for Good Projects, an independent non-political, non-profit organisation that uses sport as the means to bring people together.

Sir Bobby Charlton, Kapil Dev, Monica Seles, Martina Navratilova and Lucas Radebe were amongst some of the sports legends that spent the afternoon playing with the children.

"I think hopefully we give kids an inspiration, they get to see the best of the best in all the different sports from around the world, and all a lot of of us started out from a very humble begining,..if you have a dream, you work hard a lot of things can happen," said one of the greatest female tennis players Monica Seles.

"It's a marvellous response, everyone is so happy and pleased to see us, which is what we like, and of course it's marvellous, all this, what sports can do," said Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the most famous English soccer players of all time.

The Laureus World Sports Academy is a unique association 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.

Alexandra, or Alex is Gauteng's oldest township and one of the poorest areas of the region, where lack of infrastructure, overcrowding and rampant crime make living conditions extremely difficult.


Laureus Sport Foundation visits Alexandra kids


The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation took time out to spend the day with kids in Alexandra today. This is part of their pledge to help change the lives of youngsters through sport.

Alexandra was a hive of activity after all; some of the world's sporting icons were in town. From soccer players to tennis players, cricketers to mountaineers. These are current or retired sportsmen and women who have achieved sporting greatness during their careers, but they put all their fame and fortune aside as they mingled with the children giving them hope for a better tomorrow.

Monica Seles, a former tennis star, says: "If kids have a dream, it is very important to have a role model and guidance be it teachers, parents, and work hard; then I think a lot of things will come and hopefully all the stars they see here will inspire them."

Making a difference in a kid's life

Martina Navratilova, also a former tennis star, says they are just glad that they can make a difference in some kids life, "maybe 20 years down the line some of them will see me in Los Angeles and say, 'Hey I saw her in Alex, you started a project and it helped me,' that's what its about."

For the kids, it was a day to remember. They are from the projects run by various foundations - Free the Youth, Alexandra Football Academy, Starfish Sport and Little Champs. To date, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation has touched the lives of more than 150 000 children worldwide.


Sporting legends head for South Africa


Sporting legends Edwin Moses, Boris Becker, Michael Johnson, Martina Navratilova, Kapil Dev, Daley Thompson and Nawal El Moutawak are on their way to Johannesburg to do their bit for Africa's children.

Two former rugby greats, Argentina's Hugo Porta and former Springbok captain, Morne du Plessis, as well as tennis legends Ilie Nastase and Monica Seles and soccer hero Bobby Charlton, will also be in Johannesburg.

Johnson, world record holder in the 200m and 400m, has often visited South Africa. On his way to South Africa he visited Uganda and Kenya.

The gathering in Sandton will be the first for the Laureus world sport academy in Africa as they attempt to ascertain how sport can be promoted on the continent.

The Laureus foundation earlier this year honoured South Africa's Ernst van Dyk. The paralympic star is best known for his wheelchair victories in the Boston Marathon.

Other South Africans involved with the Laureus project are Bronwyn Bock, a former captain of the South African netball team; boxer 'Baby' Jake Matlala and former Bafana Bafana soccer players Lucas Radebe and John Moeti.

Moses said the Laureus foundation did valuable work in both Uganda and Kenya.

"Our projects make a real difference to children."

Johnson said his visit to Uganda had been a very emotional experience.

"When you come from the West, it's sometimes very difficult to understand problems in a country such as Uganda."

Former French soccer captain Marcel Desailly also believes that sport was making a difference in Kenya.


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).

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Monica back on the court? Sort of...


 Monica Seles with Roger Federer in Tokyo.
(Monica Seles with Roger Federer & his wife, Mirka, and Japanese tennis legend Kimiko Date and her husband, German racing driver Michael Krumm.)

Monica signing autographs in Tokyo.Monica was recently in Tokyo at the Japan Open doing some promotional events for Yonex. Still no news on her retirement though.

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The Monica Seles Interview - Bird In A Cage No More?


 The Monica Seles Interview - Bird In A Cage No More?

WS: We miss you. Tell our readers how you're doing.

MS: Oh, my foot is not looking too good, to put it simply. Reality's coming in there. But I've been trying really hard in the last few years. It's not as if, I guess, when you're 20 or so for your body.

WS: Even for Martina Hingis to come back...

MS: For Hingis, to come back into the top 50 after a two-and-a-half-year absence is very impressive.

WS: Are you going to be playing again? Are you retiring?

MS: I am, in the next few weeks or a month, going to decide one way or the other. But it doesn't look too good.

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Monica in Barcelona


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Legends of Past and Present to Play in Star-Studded IWC Tennis Trophy for the Public of Barcelona


BARCELONA - Great tennis players of the past will join leading players of the present to celebrate the passion and glamour of sport in the IWC Tennis Trophy, to be held at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on May 21-22. This exclusive event, hosted by Swiss luxury watch brand IWC Schaffhausen, a founding partner of Laureus, is being staged in the build-up to the seventh annual Laureus World Sports Awards at the Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, on the evening of Monday, May 22.

Over two thrilling days of action, many outstanding players will participate, including Laureus World Sports Academy members Monica Seles and Ilie Nastase, who between them have won 11 Grand Slam singles titles, as well as Spanish legends like Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Manuel Santana, Alex Corretja and Albert Costa. Also competing will be a trio of the most exciting current women players of today - Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova and Switzerland's Patty Schnyder, quarter-finalist in this year's Australian Open. They will be joined by eternally popular figures like France's Henri Leconte , entertainer Mansour Bahrami and Japanese favourite Kimiko Date.

Play on Sunday, May 21, will be open to the public. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and can be obtained from Real Club de Tenis Barcelona and at other outlets shortly. A detailed list of confirmed outlets will be available and communicated in the next week.

The IWC Tennis Trophy Programme includes:

Sunday, May 21 OPEN TO PUBLIC

10.00 Children's Clinic and Professional Competition

11.30 Professional Exhibition

13.30 Exhibition Match


10.00 Pro-Am competition

13.00 Professional Exhibition.

WC makes time for Laureus and the city of Barcelona

IWC Schaffhausen became a founding partner of Laureus in 2005 as an element of the company's corporate social responsibility programme, which aims to help those who are socially, physically or economically disadvantaged. According to IWC Schaffhausen CEO Georges Kern: "IWC is passionate about sport and is committed to bringing the public closer to Laureus. The IWC Tennis Trophy is an ideal way to share the glamour, passion and effectiveness of the organisation with the general public. The presence of numerous Laureus Academy members allows them an ideal opportunity to learn more about Laureus and its activities in an open atmosphere.

"We are very excited about the IWC Tennis Trophy which we hope will be one of the highlights of the Laureus World Sports Awards weekend. I would like to thank all the great tennis players for giving their time to support this event. I am particularly pleased that we will be able to welcome sports fans in Barcelona to come and watch the action on the Sunday. It should be an unforgettable day's tennis," he added.

Grand Slam of Glamour and Sport

Laureus Academy member Monica Seles will open the first day of the IWC Tennis Trophy with a special coaching session for children. She said: "I am very excited about hosting the tennis clinic for children. Sport is a great way to involve young people. As a Laureus Academy member, the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation for underprivileged youngsters around the world is enormously important to me."

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Monica returns to Novi Sad


After more than 12 years, Monica Seles will return to her birthplace, Novi Sad, Serbia. She will open the Sixth Annual EXIT Music Festival. This years list of performers include Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Billy Idol, The Cult, The Cardigans, Kelis, Pet Shop Boys, HIM, Suzanne Vega, Hernan Cattaneo, and more. The festival will take place July 6-9, 2006.

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