TV AwardsLONDON, OCTOBER 7, 2015 – With just a week to go until the inaugural TV Sports Awards takes place, some of the biggest names from the world of sports have confirmed their attendance.

The new ceremony, which will be presented by Sky News presenter Kate Abdo and television presenter Guido Bagatta, is set to honour some of the biggest brands and most influential figures in the global sports media industry.

The event coincides with the annual SPORTELMonaco convention and will feature an array of sporting legends such as former FIFA World Player of the Year, Luís Figo, Italian World Cup winning captain, Fabio Cannavaro and former Manchester United and England legend, Rio Ferdinand.

Also attending the star studded event are Indian professional tennis player and multi Grand Slam mixed doubles champion Mahesh Bhupati, along with current Juventus FC goalkeeper, Norberto Murara Neto, and German footballer Célia Šašić, winner of the UEFA Best Women’s player in Europe award for 2014/2015.

Co-organised by SPORTEL and Play for Change, in collaboration with Eurosport and Infront Sports & Media, the inaugural ceremony will be held at the Yacht Club de Monaco on Monday, October 12, 2015, in support of Play for Change, a global sports charity dedicated to the provision of life changing opportunities for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Awards will be presented across five categories, including; Best Sports Broadcaster, Best Live Event Coverage, Best Digital Media Project, Media Executive of the Year and Best TV Rights Deal.

A Play for Change award will also be presented to recognise a top-class athlete who is responsible for extraordinary social responsibility work through supporting, funding and advocating worthy campaigns, initiatives and projects for vulnerable children through sports.

Marie Le Page, Director for Play for Change, said: “We look forward to hosting world-renowned sportsmen and sportswomen plus some of the most important stakeholders in the sport and media industry at the ceremony.

A live auction will be run on the night which will help raise funds for Play for Change to develop and grow our global programmes that help transform the lives of young vulnerable children through sports and education”.

“Play for Change uses sport and education as a driver of social change and the TV Sports Awards is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of our work to an influential audience.

The evening will celebrate the best of the sport media industry but also reflect on the power of sport in helping to change the lives of disadvantaged communities and children.”

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