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The king thanks Nadal for being “one of the best ambassadors” in Spain

The king thanks Nadal for being “one of the best ambassadors” in Spain

Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), 20 Sep. King Felipe VI thanked the tennis player Rafael Nadal on Tuesday who, with his effort and excellence, is now “one of the best ambassadors” of Spain.

The king emphasized this at the delivery ceremony of the 5th Camino Real Award presented by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) to the Spaniards who “initiate in an excellent and excellent way the positive image of Spain in the United States”

By receiving this award, Nadal “becomes a new link in an excellent chain of Spaniards who, due to their commendable and excellent work, contribute to the promotion and dissemination of the best image of Spain in North American countries “, said the king.

With their work, Nadal and previous winners transmit the “most authentic and positive” values, added Don Felipe after highlighting “an impeccable and impeccable attitude”, “not only in the sports field”.

As for the monarch, the “firmness and determination” with which Nadal has blinded countless fans, gave him a projection “that made him one of the best ambassadors that our country can have and from that’s what I want to thank him for”.

The king explained that the name of the award given by the institute “Benjamin Franklin” of the UAH recalls the Camino Real de California, almost 1,000 kilometers long, which connected more than 20 Spanish missions of Alta California.

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

Don Felipe has also emphasized Nadal’s ability to “continue to work to improve, and to do so and enjoy himself”, which he played at the same time as the tennis player himself, who emphasized in his speech on his intention to continue playing.

“I hope this award does not mean the end of my career in tennis; I don’t intend to”, he said with a big smile in the university auditorium after receiving the statue made by Carlos Ciriza from the hands of the king.

The “Camino Real” Award was established in 2012, at the same time as the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Institute (1987), to recognize Spanish professional work that reflects and enhances the positive image of Spain in an excellent and excellent way. in the United States..

The president of Caixabank and the president of the advisory board of the Franklin Institute, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, explained that it was unanimously agreed to give the award to Nadal because “he embodies the highest qualities of athletes: sacrifice, effort, fairness, humility in victory and greatness in the face of adversity”.

The tennis player is “a mandatory reference for youth because of his honesty, his ability to overcome, and respect for his rivals”, he said.

Previous winners of the “Camino Real” awards have been tenor Plácido Domingo, cardiologist Valentín Fuster, basketball player Pau Gasol and actor Antonio Banderas.

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