Alonso wins Iberian world's top award for sport
7 September 2005, OVIEDO — Spanish Formula 1 racing driver Fernando Alonso, who is only 24, was awarded the 2005 Prince of Asturias Prize for Sports, the country's top sporting award.
7 September 2005
OVIEDO — Spanish Formula 1 racing driver Fernando Alonso, who is only 24, was awarded the 2005 Prince of Asturias Prize for Sports, the country's top sporting award.
The driver, who is set to become world champion next weekend, was awarded the prize for serving as a "role model" for the young people of the world.
The current leader in the Formula 1 championship standings, who was born July 29, 1981, in this northern Spanish city, beat out Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva for the prize.
Spain has been swept by "Alonsomania" as the driver has become the nation's first successful Formula 1 driver.
The jury's declaration, which was read by chairman Juan Antonio Samaranch, noted that Alonso "has reached the summit of his sports specialty after years of great sacrifices ... and today serves as an example for the youth of Spain and the world".
The jury also said Alonso, who is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, "belongs to the world of great champions, those who manage to blaze new trails in specialties of maximum difficulty, making him a symbol and example to motivate millions of people".
Alonso said he would attend the awards ceremony 21 October in Oviedo.
The Prince of Asturias awards offer a cash prize and a reproduction of a statuette designed by Joan Miro.
Awarded by Spain's crown prince, the prizes are regarded as the Ibero-American world's equivalent of the Nobels.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news