The 4th edition of the prestigious Monaco World Sports Legends Award, the Oscars of Sport took place on Friday 6 for the Media Day and on Saturday 7 December for the Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner-Show with Red Carpet held in the Salle D’Or of the Fairmont Monte Carlo.
The Monaco World Sports Legends Award aims at promoting sport's ethical and moral values as ideals to motivate others, especially the young, to excel.
The Awarded enter the Pantheon of the World Sports Legends through impressions of their handprints.
The event was hosted in 5 languages by the international Ballet Star Lorena Baricalla, Ambassadress and Master of Ceremonies of the Monaco World Sports Legends Award.
Versatile performer – prima ballerina, actress and singer – Lorena Baricalla conducted the 2-day event with talent and style and also gave a much-anticipated performance during the Award Ceremony Gala, conceived as an American-style show, with entertainment, corps de ballet and orchestra.
Indeed, the particular feature for the event, created and produced by Promo Art Monte-Carlo Production, is that of linking the sporting stars with entertainment, art, fashion and glamour, making the Monaco World Sports Legends Award a unique international showcase and an exclusive VIP red carpet: the Oscars of Sport.
Consequently, the exclusive two-day event also highlighted fashion and glamour.
As Master of Ceremonies, for the Red-Carpet Lorena chose Handmade in Italy couture dresses by Raquel Balencia. For the Award Ceremony Show she wore innovative creations by Seyit Ares. Fabiana Gabellini created the costume for singing performance on stage – a sparkling layered dress with stunning golden sequins.
For the WSLA Talk Show she wore contemporary, feminine styles by Eles Italia, who has been designing for Lorena for three years and for this event created a colourful collection; Viktoriia Nosach, a Polish designer, created some very chic outfits, including the bold suit for the Press Conference and the Awards Dinner.
As well during both days of the Event the Master of Ceremonies wore a selection of precious watches, both glamorous and elegant, by the exclusive Swiss brand Century Time Gems.
Moreover, Madame Baricalla was representing a luxury Monegasque brand Mongrip by wearing the bracelet -a part of an exclusive limited collection of 161 pieces dedicated to Ayrton Senna, was honoured last year with the “WSLA Posthumous Award”. The bracelet is produced using genuine pieces of tires from one of Senna’s races.
All this is aimed at keeping the event alive throughout the year, thanks to the creative and human resources involved.
This year, Monaco accepted Nasser Al-Attiyah, Qatar, 3 times Paris-Dakar winner (the last time in 2019), and Olympic Skeet-clay target shooting medalist. One of the greatest sportsmen of the Middle East, he is now preparing for the next Dakar race and Olympic Games in Tokyo. He is the cousin of the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and he is also the Ambassador for the Football World Cup in Qatar in 2022 – a passionate and decisive sportsman.
From the USA, Mario Andretti, is F1 World Champion, Indycar and Nascar Champion. A true icon of F1, he is at the head of a dynasty of 8 racing drivers, including his son Michael and his grandson Marco. He is the only driver to have won Daytona, Indianapolis and F1 World Championship. A legendary career with 111 victories.
The great Loris Capirossi, from Italy, is 3 times MotoGP World Champion. He has one of the longest careers as a rider. He is now Safety Advisor for the International Moto Federation. His enthusiasm and down-to-earth approach are catching.
Ana Gabriela Guevara, from Mexico, is 400m World Champion and multiple Olympic medal winner. She ventured into politics and she has been nominated Minister of Sport of Mexico. She fights fiercely for women’s welfare in her country.
The WSLA Best Values Award for Community Support went to Connie Henry, Great Britain, for the Track Academy. Former international triple jumper, she founded this organisation to use Athletics as a way to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The WSLA Posthumous Award went to Ferenc Puskás, Hungary, Football Champion and Legend of the Football world in the year of the inauguration of Hungary’s national stadium, which is named after him and of the 10th anniversary of the launch of FIFA Puskás Award, the global prize for the goal of the year.
The Award was received by the Puskás family represented by his great granddaughter Ane De Juan Damborena and the former President of Hungary and Olympic Champion Pál Schmitt. It was a moving ceremony for all those Hungarians who were avidly following the celebration in their country.
The Award Ceremony Gala was attended by a fine array of sports champions, well-known performers, celebrities and VIPs from worldwide: from America, Qatar, Russia, Hungary, South America, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany…
From the sporting sector, the WSLA Award winner of the past edition, off-road racing driver Jutta Kleinschmidt, President of the Cross Country Rally Commission; racing drivers Stéphane Richelmi, Augusto Farfus, Bruno Senna, whose family received last year’s “WSLA Posthumous Award” in the name of Ayrton Senna; the new generation with the 10-year-old Official driver of JB17 Team Louis Castellini; Raul Carrillo Rodriguez, Director of Medicine and Applied Sciences of CONADE (Mexico’s National Sport Commission).
An Official Hungarian Delegation in honor of the “WSLA Posthumous Award to Ferenc Puskás” included the former President of Hungary Pal Schmitt; Lőrinc Mészáros, President of Puskás Academy; György Szöllosi, Official Ambassador for Puskás Affairs of Hungary; Sandor Berzi, Vice-President of the Hungarian Football Federation ; His Excellency György Károlyi, Ambassador of Hungary to Paris; the Puskás family with his great-granddaughter Ane De Juan Damborena and his granddaughter Reka Damborena Puskás, and football champion Amancio Amaro, official representative of Real Madrid and teammate of Ferenc Puskás.
From the entertainment sector the American movie producer and director Julius R. Nasso, who was awarded on this occasion with a Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his worldwide successful martial arts and action movies with Warner Bros and for his work in the entertainment sector. The prize was created by the artist Ivan Rando, Lugano. Mr Nasso attended with the international operatic tenor Vittorio Grigolo.
From the institutional field His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy, Cristiano Gallo; Bernard Gonzales, Prefect of the Alpes Maritimes French region; Emanuele De Filippis of the Office of the Italian President Sergio Mattarella; Christine Barca, General Secretary of Fight Aids Monaco founded by Princess Stephanie of Monaco.
As well the designer Elena Sivoldaeva; sopranos Ilaria Della Bidia and Leila Brédent; film producer and composer Giovanna Bruschi with movie music composer and orchestra director Rodolfo Matulich; Mario Koss, President of the Berlin PresseBall; fashion designers Seyit Ares, Stefania and Silvia Loriga of Eles Italia, and Fabiana Gabellini.
The Red Carpet, extending over more than 50 meters, was decorated with the “Pantheon of the World Sports Legends” which brings together all the handprints of the Award winners created in previous editions during the “Handprints Show” with the international artist Marcos Marin. Official Artist of the Foundation of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, he also conceived the Oscar “statuette” and decorated the Red Carpet with the works “WSLA Art meets Sport”.
As well a Memorabilia in honour of Ferenc Puskás was displayed.
Photo Shooting Sets were created on the Red Carpet by Official Partner Century Time Gems and Partner Mongrip.
The program of 2-days Event consisted of: the 6th December was Media Day. At the Fairmont Monte Carlo from 11,30am to 6pm I hosted the WSLA Talk Show “Sporting Stars: The Men or the Women behind the Champion” and “Show, Art and Fashion”. All the Talk Shows are available on YouTube, Vimeo and Daily Motion and all social platforms of Lorena Baricalla and Promo Art Monte Carlo.
“The Handprints Show is the moment in which these great champions express their personalities and creativity in making their handprints with the artist Marcos Marin. They make truly interesting “statements” which we exhibit each year on the Red Carpet” says the Master of Ceremonies. In just 4 years, around 30 imprints have been made and the number increases year by year. The Art Show put on by Century Time Gems, Official Partner of the event, allowed the award winners to take part in designing a watch, according to their own individual tastes.
The Official Press Conference was held in the late afternoon in the Salon des Princes at the prestigious Automobile Club de Monaco, followed by a cocktail. The day concluded with the Awarded Dinner at the Automobile Club de Monaco’s exclusive restaurant. This is a very special place that only a few people can enter. It is here that all the F1 Grand Prix, the Historic Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo Rally are organised. It is a true institution of the Principality and of the world.
On 7 December the Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner-Show, preceded by the Red Carpet with Cocktail, was held in the Salle D’Or and Crystal Gallery of the Fairmont Monte Carlo. The prestigious evening ended with the After Ceremony Red Carpet and the WSLA Party at the Sun Casino Lounge.
The Menu was expressly created by Didier Aniès, Head Chef at the Fairmont “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”.
In accordance with the partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the undertaking is to highlight the use of local and seasonal products and to follow the Mr Goodfish program for the sustainable consumption of seafood.
The event took place in partnership with the Hotel Fairmont Monte Carlo.
It also benefited from the support of the Automobile Club de Monaco, the Monte Carlo Board of Tourism and Congresses, and of the partnership of the Sun Casino.
Official Partner was again this year the Swiss brand of luxury watches Century Time Gems.
Partners were Elena Sivoldaeva Exclusive, Monegasque luxury jewellery and fashion brand, and Mongrip, Monegasque luxury bracelets brand which also created a limited collection named after Ayrton Senna.
Among the Partners were as well the Alphabet company, which operates in the Stationary sector, BMP Lugano Study & Consulting and Krystel Ann Art, contemporary art agency.
RusMonaco was the Official Magazine of the WSLA for the second year.