The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, made this Friday the delivery of the National Sports Award 2020 and of the Incentives to Athletes and Coaches, in the Mars Military Sports Field, in Mexico City.
During the ceremony, the Chief Executive was accompanied by his wife Dr. Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller; as well as Ana Gabriela Guevara, general director of the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports (Conade); the head of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), Esteban Moctezuma; and the head of the capital government, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo.
It is worth mentioning that since 1975, the National Sports Award (PND) is the highest distinction granted by the Mexican State to most outstanding sport each year in various modalities. The award consists of a diploma signed by the President of the Republic, a first class gold medal of 0.900, which will be complemented with a rosette and an economic amount of 796 thousand 05 pesos.
The winners of the 2020 National Sports Award are:
Professional sport: Renata Zarazúa Ruckstuhl – Tennis.
Renata Zarazúa boasts recognition on Campo Marte (Photo: CONADE)
Paralympic sport: Juan Diego Garcia Lopez – Taekwondo.
Outstanding career: Fernando “Toro” Valenzuela – Baseball.
Promotion, protection or promotion of the practice of sports: Mauricio Sulaiman – Box.
Stefan Marinof in diving. Coach of Yahel Castillo and Juan Celaya.
Jesús González Arreola. Beach Volleyball Coach.
Lucia Venegas. FMF central referee
While on the branch Non-Professional Sports were: the Mexican Women’s Softball Team. Jessica Salazar Valles, cycling. Yahel Castillo Huerta and Juan Celaya Hernández, synchronized diving
When taking the floor, López Obrador pointed out that it has been a very difficult year for athletes due to the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympic Games, but also for the general population that has suffered the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) that has left more than 100,000 dead in the country.
However, he assured that Mexico and the world are waiting for a vaccine against the disease, so Mexicans should not lower their guard and maintain hope:
We must keep the flame of hope lit because we are going to move forward, because we Mexicans have a lot of strength to overcome any adversity
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