Bhutia to play in Laureus Sports charity match

Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 20:43 PM IST

New Delhi: Adding shine to his illustrious
career, Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia has been
invited to play in the Laureus Sports charity game along with
the likes of Lionel Messi, Andre Iniesta, Rafael Nadal and
Sebastian Vettel next month in Abu Dhabi.

Top sportspersons in the world, who have been nominated
for the Laureus Sports Awards 2011 to be held in Abu Dhabi on
February 7, will play in a charity football game.

Members of world club champions Inter Milan, the Los
Angeles Lakers and the Spanish World Cup team would also be
present during the charity game.

Bhutia, who will be present on the Awards night on
February 7, said, "It is a great honour for me to be a part of
this grand sporting event. Many consider this as the Oscars of
Sports and I feel privileged to be a part of it and hope to
keep the flag of my country flying high."

Basketball star Kobe Bryant, footballers Andres Iniesta
and Lionel Messi, Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel and
tennis players Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Kim Clisjters
have been nominated for different categories in the Laureus
Sports Awards.

The Awards, given annually, were established in 1999 to
honour world`s most outstanding sports achievers. The winners
will be selected by a comprehensive sports panel that consists
of 46 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living
legends of sports honouring the great athletes of today.

Last year`s winners included Usain Bolt, Serena Williams,
Jenson Button and Kim Clijsters.

Bhutia played in India`s last group match of the Asian
Cup against South Korea in Doha on Tuesday. He had been laid
low since mid September last year due to a calf muscle injury.

PTI