"It seemed to us, with so many people suffering, that this was the wrong time to be staging this event," Edwin Moses, chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said in a statement. "This is the responsible thing to do."Nadal goes up against the likes of :
- Usain Bolt from Jamaica, the first man to win 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic gold medals in world records.
- Lewis Hamilton from the UK, the youngest ever Formula One World Champion at 23 years and 300 days.
- Michael Phelps of the US, who won 8 gold medals in a single Olympiad to overtake Mark Spitz's record.
- Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, FIFA World Player of the Year, scored 42 goals for Manchester United.
- Valentino Rossi of Italy, who beat Giacomo Agostini's record 68 500cc wins, and won 6th senior world title.