Álvaro Martín and María Pérez, winners of the María de Villota Awards


The athletes Álvaro Martín and María Pérez, winners of four Gold medals at the World Athletics Championships held this summer in Budapest in the 35 and 20 km walk categories, were awarded this Monday at the María de Villota Awards in the Sports Feat category. , according to a statement.

The awards for this edition will be presented jointly with the Ciudad de la Raqueta Awards, next Thursday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Ciudad de la Raqueta, in Madrid.

The world walking champions in their two distances are the protagonists of the María de Villota awards that have also rewarded former basketball player Fernando Romay, international 174 times and a winner of an Olympic silver, eight League titles or two Cups. Europe, in the Sports Career category.

The Sánchez Vicario family will receive the Ciudad de la Raqueta Tennis Career Award for forming a “key” family in Spain and worldwide “in the last forty years.” In addition, Pablo Lima will be distinguished in the Paddle Career category, thanks to a record that includes 65 Padel Pro Tour/World Padel Tour titles and two Premier Paddle titles.

The list of awards is completed with the Sports Event Award that will be received by the Seville Cup, the oldest ATP Challenger on the Spanish calendar and which has been held at the Real Club Tenis Betis in different formats since 1962. While the Real Grupo of Culture Covadonga, an institution founded in 1938 and which has 38,000 members, will receive the Sports Institution Award.

Vanguard Properties, for promoting the Vanguard Stars circuit, an international grassroots tennis event, will be recognized in the Sports Company category. While the NAPSIS Foundation, an entity that works on early help for children with cerebral palsy, will receive the Ciudad de la Raqueta Award in the Solidarity category.

For their part, journalists Nacho Calvo and Paloma del Río have been distinguished in the Sports Communication category for their career at RTVE, where they have been the voice of sports such as tennis, basketball, rhythmic gymnastics and the Games.

Iker Aguirre will receive a Special Award for Resilience, after founding the IparTenis club in 2018. A significant snowfall in 2021 collapsed the entire structure of a club that already welcomed almost 300 boys and girls, “a benchmark in chair tennis.” wheels”.

The winners of this edition are closed by the Sevillian musical group Siempre Así, which has been on stage for more than three decades. The organization has rewarded his career with the Ciudad de la Raqueta-María de Villota Special Award