Cumberbatch to host Laureus World Sport Award 2018

Benedict Cumberbatch, the famous Hollywood star will host the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on February 27.

This will be the third time the Benedict to host the famous Laureus World Sports Awards show, previously hosting the 2014 Awards in Kuala Lumpur and the 2015 Ceremony in Shanghai.

Actor Benedict has been appeared in a series of highly respected film and TV dramas in recent years, including his famous role as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, playing Allan Turing in The Imitation Game as well as a role in Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave.

Benedict is also acclaimed for his performance as Julian Assange in the Wikileaks movie The Fifth Estate and as the Dragon Smaug, in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Benedict Cumberbatch, said: "As an actor, I am asked to play a variety of characters, from legendary detective, a master of the mystic arts or an enigma code-breaking genius. None of those characters though have helped me discover who the winners will be at this year's Laureus Awards."

"All of the nominations are fantastic and, along with a stunning Monaco location, home of the Formula One Grand Prix, I know it's going to be a very special night. Join us!"

This year, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Lewis Hamilton, Mo Farah and Chris Froome will face off for Sportsman of the Year.

The Sportswoman of the Year category is packed with Americans, with Allyson Felix, Katie Ledecky and Mikaela Shiffrin shortlisted in a year in which US athletics has received a record equaling 12 nominations following a ballot by the world's media.

The Golden State Warriors and New England Patriots are nominated for the Laureus Team of the Year Award, while surfing world champion John John Florence and skateboard star Nyjah Huston have been nominated in the Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year category.

Swimmer Caeleb Dressel, who matched Michael Phelps by winning seven gold medals in the World Championship, is nominated for Laureus Breakthrough of the Year, while Justin Gatlin is one of the six nominees for Laureus Comeback of the Year.

The Laureus World Sports Awards will celebrate sporting success and achievement over the past calendar year, while also recognising the true value sport can have in uniting communities and acting as a positive force for change.