World champion basketball team are honoured
6 September 2006, OVIEDO — Spain's world champion basketball team was awarded the 2006 Prince of Asturias Prize for Sports on Wednesday.
6 September 2006
OVIEDO — Spain's world champion basketball team was awarded the 2006 Prince of Asturias Prize for Sports on Wednesday.
The squad was chosen due to "the importance of their conquest of the World Championship in Japan, the most brilliant page in the history of Spanish basketball, which set an example of overcoming adversity, of team spirit, of modesty and commitment to the values of sports".
"This extraordinary generation of players, led by Pau Gasol and under the coaching of Jose Vicente 'Pepu' Hernandez," has shown the world, and, especially young people, renewed hope for the development and growth of the sport," the jury said.
Spain, playing without their injured star player Pau Gasol, dominated Greece 70-47 on Sunday to win its first world basketball championship.
Gasol could not play after breaking his foot in the semifinal win over Argentina.
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 Felipe, the prizes are regarded as the Spanish-speaking world's equivalent of the Nobels.
The team were invited to a reception with the King and Queen of Spain on Tuesday and were also honoured by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news