Rafa Nadal receives Samaranch Award


Rafael Nadal won the first "International Award Juan Antonio Samaranch
The most successful Spanish player of all time, Rafael Nadal, has been awarded the first edition of "Premio Internacional Juan Antonio Samaranch, who has presented this afternoon at the Olympic Museum i de l'Esport" Joan Antoni Samaranch of Barcelona.
This new award, created by the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation with the support of family Samaranch, international and you will annually recognize the path related to the world of tennis, both individuals and institutions. The distinction assess not only the successes, but also the ability to transmit human values, effort, solidarity and promotion of tennis and sport.
The prize, a trophy sculpture made of iron by the Catalan artist Miquel Planas Roselló, has been presented in public by Ana Gras Samaranch, granddaughter of the late Juan Antonio Samaranch., Accompanied by the President of the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation, José Luis Escañuela, the President of the Catalan Tennis Federation, Francesc Orriols, and National Coach Albert Costa.

The jury of the "International Award Juan Antonio Samaranch is composed of members of the family Samaranch, figures from the world of sport and international tennis, heads of major media and major national sports dailies former Spanish tennis players.
In his speech, Ana Gras Samaranch reminded that tennis was a sport for very special grandfather and did not stop fighting until it was recognized in the Olympic program. For his part, José Luis Escañuela, explained to have a very dear memories of Juan Antonio Samaranch, recalling how he did not want to miss the Davis Cup final in 2009 in Barcelona.
"To him we owe that tennis is an Olympic sport, and since that time, there has not been a time when the Spanish tennis has not won a medal. For us it is an honor to create this award and what better place than a museum to present this trophy now bears his name, "stated the President of the RFET.
The delivery of this first edition of "Premio Internacional Juan Antonio Samaranch" Rafael Nadal will be held on Thursday 28 April at a gala to be held in The Real Casa de Correos in Madrid. At the same event, Virginia Ruano and Carlos Moya will join Club Tennis Great Spanish, and Agustin Pujol be appointed Honorary President of the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation.

Source: RFET

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