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Monday,
17
February
2020

21:02

The awards give their award for an exceptional achievement to the men's and women's teams at the same time

From left right Jimnez, Fernndez, Scariolo, Aguilar, Valdemoro and Hernndez, this Monday in Berlin.
TOBIAS SCHWARZ AFP

Laureus Awards have a strange, special award. An award that comes and goes since 2013: sometimes it is not given to anyone. An award to reward those deeds that exceed the usual categories. They call Laureus an exceptional achievement and until Monday he had honored four athletes: Michael Phelps (2013), Li Na (2015), Francesco Totti (2018) and Eliud Kipchoge (2019). On all occasions it served to extol great individual trajectories, but this year I needed a change. Spanish basketball forced it. Instead of rewarding an athlete or an athlete, yesterday in Berlin I received the Laureus for an exceptional achievement the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) for the joint palmars of the men's and women's teams.

On stage, three men, Pepu Hernndez, Sergio Scariolo Y Carlos Jimnez and three women, Amaya Valdemoro, Elisa Aguilar Y Marta Fernndez and images of many deeds, of the two men's World Cups and of the four female Europeans. Behind this award is humility, hard work and illusion of those in front and those in the shade. This recognition is an honor because there are many people behind us who are happy and with them we will continue forward so that Spanish basketball continues to grow, commented Aguilar, in charge of collecting the award.

His speech was one of the most emotional moments of the gala, in which there was a historical fact. For the first time since the creation of the Laureus Awards in 2000, the award for the best male athlete in 2019 had to be distributed by points draw: it was delivered at the same time to Lewis Hamilton Y Leo Messi. The best female athlete went again to Simone Biles, which expired in 2018 and 2016; Egan Bernal He was considered the revelation athlete of 2019; Sophia Florsch He won the prize for the best comeback and the South African rugby team was considered the best team of the past year. He paid tribute to Dirk Nowitzki Throughout his career.

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