The Kings delivered on Thursday the National Sports Awards 2017 in an act that opened with a memory to the three Spanish mountaineers killed on the 6th in Peru, victims of an avalanche with their local guide.
Behind the tribute to Adrián San Juan, Sergi Porteros and Gerard Borrull, the thirteen awards given annually by the Higher Sports Council (CSD), and decided by a jury with representatives of institutions and media, distinguished in their main categories Sandra Sanchez and Maria Vicente as the best athlete and the best junior of the year.
The corresponding prizes in his masculine slope could not be picked up by his sport commitments by Rafa Nadal and Jon Rahm.
After the delivery by Don Felipe of the prize awarded to the tennis player, Queen Letizia greeted the karateka Sandra Sanchez affectionately, deserving of the award that bears her name for a track record that in 2017 closed as leader of the world ranking of kata, after a new consecutive European title.
Sanchez added in the year that just finished another continental title four and the World Cup in Madrid a few months ago.
The talaverana proudly wore her prize, before King Juan Carlos delivered to Edorta Rahm the prize of his son Jon and that Queen Sofia left in the hands of Juan Mata the award to the relevant gesture of nobility or fair play.
"Common Goal", the project promoted by the Manchester United player so that soccer players donate one percent of their salary to charity, had this special recognition, as did the Catalan athlete María Vicente, who received the Princess Leonor award for Don Felipe's hands as the best athlete under 18, after his heptathlon title at the Junior World Cup in Nairobi.
Keylor Navas picked up the Ibero-American Community Trophy from Don Felipe, just a few hours after Real Madrid's victory over Leganes in the Copa de Rey, a match in which Navas returned to the starting lineup.
The trajectory since 2010 in Spain of the Costa Rican goalkeeper, who played in Albacete and Levante before coming to Real Madrid in 2014, has allowed him to add his name to a list of winners including, among others, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, the Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli and the Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana.
The captains of the men's and women's hockey teams, Pau Bargalló and Natasha Lee, received the Copa Barón de Güell after their world titles in an emotional moment when Juan de Dios Román picked up the Francisco Fernández Ochoa award for a life dedicated to handball as a coach, coach and manager.
Also with emotion and applause Javier Fesser and David Marqués picked up the National Prize for Arts and Sciences Applied to Sport for "Champions", the candidate film for the Goya that shows the greatest value of sport.