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Benedict Cumberbatch to Host World Sports Awards

“Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch will ditch the trench coat and embrace his sporty side as the host of this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards, to be held April 15 in Shanghai.

The World Sports Awards showcase the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and celebrates the achievements of athletes from across the sporting world. U.S. nominees this year include Serena Williams and the San Antonio Spurs.

Cumberbatch, who also hosted the awards last year, joked that he is delighted to have made the team for the second year in a row.

“I am a big sports enthusiast, and last year was a real pleasure for me. I met Tony Hawk, my childhood hero, and had the chance to swap a few running tips with Sebastian Coe and Daley Thompson,” he said.

Over the the past 15 years, the awards have recognized athletes from around the globe such as Usain Bolt, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Yao Ming, Pelé and Kelly Slater.

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