This Wednesday the National Sports Awards corresponding to 2021, the Olympic and Paralympic year, have been awarded. These are the annual awards granted by the Higher Sports Council and usually delivered by the Royal House that distinguish athletes and entities that have excelled in the promotion of physical-sporting activity.
The two most important awards of the year, the King Felipe and Queen Letizia, which recognize the best Spanish athletes of the year in the male and female categories respectively, have gone to the golfer Jon Rahm and the soccer player Alexia Putellas.
The CSD has received more than 150 applications for this edition, a figure never before reached in the course of these awards, granted since 1982. A jury made up of representatives of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), the Spanish Paralympic Committee, the Youth Sports Foundation, the ADO program, high-level athletes, sports federations, professional competitions, Autonomous Communities, the sports press and the sports industry has been in charge of evaluating and selecting the proposals.
Once the ruling has been issued, the awards ceremony will take place on April 18 in a solemn act presided over by His Majesty. Kings Felipe and Letizia at the Royal Palace of El Pardo and which will be attended by the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta.
The 13 winners
Rey Felipe Award, for the best Spanish athlete of the year: Jon Rahm. Among the merits of the Basque golfer in 2021 are his rise to first place in the world ranking and his victory at the United States Open
Queen Letizia Award, for the best Spanish athlete of the year: Alexia Putellas.
The Catalan footballer culminated a brilliant 2021 in which her victories in the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa de la Reina with FC Barcelona stand out, as well as making history by winning the Ballon d'Or (a milestone that she would repeat the following year).
and with the title The Best of FIFA corresponding to the 2021/2022 season.
Rey Juan Carlos Award, to the revelation athlete, male or female: Alberto Ginés. The climber from Extremadura won gold in the combined event at the Tokyo Olympics, in the debut of climbing in the Olympic program.
Reina Sofía Award, for fair play and the eradication of violence (racism, homophobia or any of its expressions) in sport: Instituto Navarro del Deporte.
For its projects in favor of fair play and the eradication of any type of violence in sport, such as the mediation office, the online training platform and its collaboration on equality, LGTBI and migration with different institutions.
Princess Leonor Award, to the best male or female athlete under 18 years of age: Adriana Cerezo.
The Madrid taekwondo athlete was Olympic silver in Tokyo and gold in the European Championship in the category of less than 49kg.
Infanta Sofía Award, to the person, entity or institution that has stood out especially in sport for people with disabilities, inclusive or Paralympic sport or in its promotion: National Hospital for Paraplegics of Toledo.
For the use of sport as a therapeutic tool of the first order in the treatment of people with spinal cord injury.
Ibero-American Community Trophy, to reward the Ibero-American athlete, entity, club or institution that has stood out the most during the year in their sports activities: Yuilmar Rojas, gold in Tokyo and world record in triple jump.
Barón de Güell Cup, for the best team or selection of the year: mixed Olympic shooting team, made up of Fátima Gálvez and Alberto Fernández.
Together they won the gold medal in the mixed team Olympic trench event at the Tokyo Games, as well as other medals in different world and European championships.
Stadium Cup, to the person or entity that has stood out in the promotion of sport, especially grassroots sport: Real Grupo de Cultura Covadonga.
For his promotion of sports, especially base. The entity, founded in Asturias in 1938, has managed to maintain both its number of members and sports results despite the Covid-19 health crisis.
Superior Sports Council Award, to the local Spanish entity (municipality, province, island, region, associations, metropolitan areas, etc.) that has most stood out in promoting sport and physical activity: it went to the Murcian municipality of Eagles
Joaquín Blume Trophy, to the University, School or Educational Center of any level that has distinguished itself especially during the year for its promotion and encouragement of sport: I.E.S.
Hermenegildo Lanz (Granada). The first center of educational and sports excellence in Andalusia with a project aimed at high-performance athletes.