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Spain’s Kings and Queens present sports awards

On Monday, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, accompanied by Felipe’s parents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, presented the 2015 National Sports Awards in Madrid at the Royal Palace of El Pardo.

This award is granted by the Superior Council of Sports in an effort to recognise “people or entities that, either by their direct activity or personal initiative, as well as participants in the development of sports policy, have contributed in a prominent way to promoting or spreading physical sport activity,” according to Casa Real.

Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, the Minister of Culture and Sport; Marcial Marín, The Secretary of State for Education, Vocational Training and Universities; and José Ramón Lete, the President of the Higher Council of Sports.

The awards are named after members of the Spanish Royal Family. They include the King Felipe Award and Queen Letizia Awards to the athlete who was nationally and internationally successful in sports over the past year; Javier Fernández won the King Felipe Award, and Ruth Beitia won the Queen Letizia Award. Garbiñe Muguruza took home the prize of the King Juan Carlos Award for the athlete whose results earned last year for “the most significant revelation of the sports panorama,” explained Casa Real. The Queen Sofia Prize is given out to a person or entity that was able to stand out from their sport performance like good sportsmanship. This award went to Andrés Iniesta.

The Princess Leonor Prize was given to Jesus Tortosa for their sport improvement over the past year. This is given to those who are under the age of 18. Miguel Carballeda won the Infanta Sofía Prize for being the person whose “own sporting performance or by the promotion of the activity of others has especially emphasised in the diffusion and improvement of the sport activity among the physical, psychic or sensorial disabled, ” Casa Real said in a press release.

Other winners included Jorge Sampaoli, Spain’s men’s basketball team, Copa Stadium, the city of León, Base College, 50th anniversary of INEF – Madrid, and Pedro Ferrándiz also won in their various categories.

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