Bonmatí, Paralluelo and the women’s soccer team, nominated for the Laureus Awards

The presentation gala of the sports Oscar nominees, the Laureus Awards 2024, was held this morning at the headquarters of the regional Government, at the Royal Post Office. A scenario that highlights the interest of the Community of Madrid in identifying the capital with the management of sporting events and success stories, because it will not matter who wins among the eight winners if it is celebrated at the Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid next April 22.

The organization has announced that there are finally three categories with Spanish nominations for this XXV edition of these international sports awards, they are the international soccer players. Aitana Bonmatí and Salma Parallueloand also the Spanish women’s soccer team. The FC Barcelona player, current Ballon d’Or, has been nominated in the Best Female Athlete category along with athletes Sherica Jackson, Faith Kipyegon and Sha’Carri Richardson, tennis player Iga Swiatek and skier Mikkaela Shiffrin. In the same men’s category, the candidates are Novak Djokovic, Leo Messi, Mondo Duplantis, Max Verstappen, Erling Haaland and Noah Lyles.

Paraluello will compete to be chosen as “the Best Revelation” of 2023 and faces in this category with Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham, Real Madrid forward Linda Caicedo, tennis player Coco Gauff, swimmer Qin Haiyang and athlete Josh Kerr.

For its part, the women’s soccer teamafter winning her first World Cup last summer, has been nominated in the category of “Best team” along with Manchester City, the German men’s basketball team, the European Ryder Cup team, the Red Bull F-1 team and the South African men’s rugby team.

Among the nominees for Comeback of the Year or Best Athlete with a Disability, no Spanish athlete appears, but they do appear in the category. Sport for good, where the Rafa Nadal Foundation has been chosen to compete for its work in the field of education and tennis with other organizations such as Bola Pra Frente, Dancing Grounds, ISF Cambodia, Obiettivo Napoli or Justice Desk Africa, all of them entities dedicated to social work linked to sport.

Madrid, sports scene

The gala, in which relevant football figures such as Luis Figo, Emilio Butragueño, Alessandro Del Piero, Ruud Gullit and the basketball player Amaia Valdemoro were present, also included the mayor of the city, José Luis Martínez Almeida, and the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso.

The Madrid leader did not miss the opportunity to launch in English to the international public who might be watching the gala her maxim of recent years to convince that Madrid is the place to be and be free (“where you are free to be” was the last sentence of his brief intervention) and highlighted his “excitement” that these awards that reward values ​​such as “effort, merit, excellence, self-improvement, courage and helping others” are awarded in Madrid: “Everything that happens in We love sport in this Government and we encourage it with enthusiasm,” he said, mixing his political motto with the interest in “consolidating Madrid as a region for organizing sporting events.”

2024-02-26 13:01:27
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