The rally driver, Carlos Sainz, received this Friday one of the most important awards in world sport. The Spaniard was awarded the Princess of Asturias Award of sports. This great achievement was obtained by different personalities of world sport and by several historical motorists, such as Fernando Alonso Y Michael Schumacher.
At the Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony, the two-time World Rally Champion (WRC) gave an emotional speech in which he sent some words of encouragement to young people and the world for the difficult situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, he was moved when naming his children and family, since according to him “if it weren’t for them, he would not be active at 58”.
When accepting the diploma with the award, Sainz assured that: «During the last days I have given more laps to this speech than kilometers I have competed in a Rally car. But I have come to the conclusion that today is a day to simply say thank you for giving me this unique and special award. To have chosen among all possible athletes is a tremendous pride for me ».
The moment of emotion
The Spanish pilot assured that his career has as fundamental pillars his family. At the time of naming them, Sainz was very excited. «Thanks to my parents: Antono and Julita, for having instilled in me the spirit of improvement. To my wife Reyes and my three children: Blanca, Charles and Ana. Who wanted to be here today to accompany me. Without their support and understanding, I would not be able to continue working at 58 years old, ”said Sainz.
Hopeful message to young people
To finish the delivery, the three-time champion of the Dakar He remembered the moment when as a child he decided to be a pilot. «Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to send a message of hope to young people. When I was a kid I dreamed of being a pilot and lifting trophies. That dream is more alive than ever so many years later. From here I encourage you to follow your dreams and fight for them. It will not be easy, they are not going to give it to them, but they can be done, “he said.