All roads lead to Shanghai ahead of Laureus awards

The event, to be hosted by film star Benedict Cumberbatch, gets underway at 2pm South African time.

Stormers and Springbok flank Schalk Burger speaks to the media ahead of the Laureus Sports Awards on 15 April 2015. Picture: Jean Smyth/EWN.

SHANGHAI - Today the sporting world comes together to celebrate the outstanding performances of the last year at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai.

The event, which will be hosted by film star Benedict Cumberbatch, gets underway at 2pm South African time.

All preparations are underway for the event, and many people from around the world have started arriving to witness the day.

The streets are buzzing with cars, scooters and bicycles, all carrying commuters to work as Shanghai turns into the epicentre of the sporting world.

Among the stars to attend the event are Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, world number one golfer Rory McIlroy, world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton.

Laureus is a non-political international charity that works to improve the lives of young people around the world through the use of sport.

The first patron of Laureus was Nelson Mandela and at the inaugural evet in 2000, he said sport has the power to change the world and inspire.

Laureus now supports over 150 such projects globally. It uses sport as the means to combat some of the world's toughest social challenges facing young people in the world today.

WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch on hosting the sports awards.