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Emiliano Rodríguez and Lolo Sainz receive Francisco Fernández Ochoa National Sports Award

NEWS STORY. 18/07/2022

The prize recognises a whole lifetime commitment to the practice, organisation, management, promotion and development of sport.

Emiliano Rodríguez and Lolo Sainz were awarded the Francisco Fernández Ochoa National Prize, presented by the Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD). The award ceremony took place at the Royal Palace of El Pardo and was presided over by the King and Queen of Spain. This 2019 award recognises the two Real Madrid basketball legends for "the career of a life dedicated, in a exceptional way, to the practice, organisation, management, promotion and development of sport".

Emiliano won 4 European Cups, 12 Leagues and 9 Spanish Cups as a Real Madrid player while Lolo Sainz won 4 European Cups, 7 Leagues and 5 Spanish Cups as a Real Madrid player and as coach of our team he went on to win 2 European Cups, 8 Leagues, 4 Spanish Cups, 4 Intercontinental Cups, 2 European Cup Winners' Cups, 1 Korac Cup and 1 Spanish Super Cup.

Lolo Sainz: “I'm so proud to receive this award”
“It's brought back memories of my sporting youth alongside Emiliano. I'm really happy and proud not only for what the award recognises: your work over all the years, but also because it carries the name of a sporting legend of the sort we've seen few in Spain. I'm so happy, I felt really comfortable and, above all, I'm so proud to receive it." 

Emiliano: “I'd like to dedicate this trophy to Pedro Ferrándiz”
“A lot of people still remember me and that fills me with satisfaction and pride. Many years have passed, but the fact that the CSD and the panel have chosen these winners fills me with pride. I would like to dedicate this trophy to somebody who recently left us and who had very close ties to Real MadridPedro Ferrándiz, who has been a part of my life. I also want to dedicate it to Real Madrid, the club's president, Florentino Pérez, the board of directors, my family, my wife, my children and all of the good friends who were really pleased that people still remember Emiliano.”

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