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Rossi nominated at Principe de Asturias Awards

Rossi nominated at Principe de Asturias Awards

Fiat Yamahas Valentino Rossi, one of the most successful riders in World Championship history, has been nominated at the ´Principe de Asturias´ Sports Award - in a prestigious ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain.

Fiat Yamahas Valentino Rossi, one of the most successful riders in World Championship history, has been nominated at the ´Principe de Asturias´ Sports Award - in a prestigious ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain.

Each year the ´Principe de Asturias´ Awards acknowledge international excellence in fields as diverse as science, culture and sport. The awards first took place in 1981 with this years edition therefore being the 27th staging of the event.

A committee of judges, which included former cyclist Miguel Indurain, Spanish tennis legend Arancha Sanchez Vicario and the ex-president of the IOC Juan Antonio Samaranch, eventually awarded this years sport title to seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher.

Other nominees in addition to the German former Ferrari driver and MotoGPs Rossi included tennis players Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva.

A sports category was first introduced into the ´Principe de Asturias´ Awards in 1987, with former winners including athlete Carl Lewis, cyclist Lance Armstrong and middle distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj.

The first Grand Prix rider to be honoured was Spaniard Sito Pons in 1990 after he secured two consecutive 250cc World titles. The 13-time World Champion Angel Nieto, was nominated in 2005.

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MotoGP, 2007, Valentino Rossi

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