Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), September 20 (EFE).- King Felipe VI on Tuesday thanked tennis player Rafael Nadal who has become “one of the best ambassadors” of Spain with his efforts and excellence.

This was underlined by the King at the awarding ceremony of the 5th Camino Real Award by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) to those who “project in an outstanding and exemplary manner and improve the positive image of Spain in the United States” .

By receiving this award, Rafael Nadal “became a new link in an excellent chain of Spaniards who, due to their commendable and outstanding work, contribute to promoting and promoting the best image of Spain in North American countries”, said the King.

Rafael Nadal receives the Camino Real Award from King Philip VI
King Felipe VI presents the Camino Real Award to tennis player Rafael Nadal, in the auditorium of the University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid). EFE/JJGuillen

Rafael Nadal and his “Incredible and Unstoppable Attitude”

Through their work, Nadal and the previous winners of this award transmit “the most authentic and positive” values, Don Felipe added after highlighting Nadal’s “impeccable and impeccable attitude”, “not only in the field of sports”.

For Raja, the “firmness and tenacity” with which Nadal has impressed countless followers has given him a projection that “has led him to become one of the best ambassadors of our country and for that I want to thank him”.

King explained that the name of the award given by UAH’s “Benjamin Franklin” Institute commemorates the Camino Real de California, about 1,000 kilometers long, which connected more than 20 Spanish missions in Alta California.

For this reason, the award “recognizes the work of those men and women who continue to carry the name of Spain with pride throughout the region of North America”.

Don Felipe also highlighted Rafael Nadal’s ability to “continue to work for improvement and do it while enjoying himself”, an extreme he matched with the tennis player himself, who in his speech highlighted his intention to continue playing.

“I hope that this award does not mean that my tennis career is over; This is not my intention”, he assured with a big smile in the university auditorium after receiving the sculpture by Carlos Syriza from the King.

The award is given to those who enhance the image of Spain

The “Camino Real” award was established in 2012, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Institute (1987), to recognize the professional work of Spaniards who, in an outstanding and exemplary manner, project and improve the positive image of Spain in the United States..

President of Caixabank and president of the advisory board of the Franklin Institute, José Ignacio Gorigoljarri, explained that the award was unanimously agreed upon to Nadal because “he embodies the highest qualities of sportsmen: sacrifice, effort, fair play, humility, triumph in the face of adversity and glory.”

The tennis player is “a compelling reference for youth because of his integrity, ability to overcome and respect for his rivals”, he noted.

Previous winners of the “Camino Real” award include tenor Plácido Domingo, cardiologist Valentin Faster, basketball player Pau Gasol and actor Antonio Banderas.

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