2013 Host City - Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro, a city of breathtaking vistas that moves to the sound of samba, sport and fun, hosted the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards.

From the world-famous peaks of the Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer that soar over the city, the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema can be seen stretching away towards the sun, with youngsters everywhere playing soccer, volleyball or practising the Brazilian martial art of capoeira.

Rio is a lively, restless city, always on the move, with modern buildings that have sprung up in Brazil’s current economic expansion, rubbing shoulders with the historic, like the grand Theatro Municipal, designed in the style of the Paris Opera, where the Awards Ceremony will be held. Truly a city of constant interest and boundless energy.