Sport, a new engine for the Andalusian economy

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport from Junta de Andalucía, Arturo Bernalhas presided over the Cervantes Theater of Almeria the gala of the Andalucía Awards of the Sports 2021awards that distinguish the best athletes of the past year in the community and where he has highlighted that “Andalusian sport has become an engine for the economy of our region.”

Bernal also pointed out during the gala, which was presented by the man from Almeria John and a half, that “Andalusian sport enjoys a magnificent state of health, and continues to be a reference at a national and international level, the eight medals and 25 Olympic diplomas in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games They attest to it.”

The counselor has addressed all the winners, whom he has congratulated “for being an example of all this that we are putting in value today: you are an example of talent, but also of perseverance. You are a reflection of success, but also of work. Because without one, the other does not come. And that is what we celebrate today and for what today we have to congratulate you again”.

Sport as a driver of the economy in Andalusia

The Andalusian head of Sport has highlighted that “our sport not only lives on individual successes, whether they come from already established athletes or promises… but it also becomes strong, thanks to clubs like the ones that have been awarded tonight , or to public and private entities, which give support, love and provide the essential fuel for their sports careers, so that today we can talk about them as clear examples of success”.

In the ‘Best Athlete’ category, the award went to the man from Malaga Damian Quinteroafter getting the silver medals in the Tokyo Olympics and in the Karate World Championship. The ‘Best Athlete’ award went to the Cordovan shooter Fatima Galvezthe Olympic champion in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, in the Trap team modality.

The Cordovan cyclist Alfonso Cabello has collected the ‘Best Athlete with a Disability’ award, after winning the gold (Kilometer C4-5) and bronze (Team Speed) medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Sports Awards

The Malaga surfer Sarah Almagro has been recognized with the ‘Best Athlete with a Disability’ award, after her second place in adapted surfing in the World Championship of the specialty, which took place in Pismo Beach, California.

The prize ‘A la Promesa del Deporte Masculino’, has been collected by the Sevillian rowers Pablo Moreno, Juan Miguel Palomino y Jorge Flavio Boyfor the results obtained in rowing, especially for the gold medal in the Junior World Championship (4 -JM).

The skier born in Seville and settled in Granada since childhood, Maria Ordonezhas collected the recognition ‘To the Promise of Women’s Sport’, for achieving several outstanding results in ski mountaineering, especially third place in the Junior World Championship (Mixed relay).

Fight against violence and racism

The ‘Best Men’s Team’ award has been in this edition for the Real Club Priego Table Tennisafter the achievement by the Cordovan club of the Superdivision League Championship and the Copa del Rey, and reach the second round in the European Cup. The Women’s Handball Club Costa del Sol has been awarded the ‘Al Best Women’s Team‘, for winning the Championship of the EHF European Cup, and achieve second place in the Iberdrola League.

The award for the ‘Best initiative to prevent and fight violence, racism, xenophobia, intolerance and sexist attitudes or behaviors in sport’, has corresponded to the initiative Platform 090 “0 violence in 90 minutes”, whose main objective is eradicate any type of violence on soccer fields.

As ‘Best Sports Manager‘ has been awarded the Unicaja Foundationfor its support of Andalusian sports, as the main sponsor of various Andalusian teams, organizer of various sports campuses, and for providing support and collaboration with various entities, championships and sports activities.


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