President Enrique Peña Nieto said during the presentation of the National Sports Prizes that sports would be a priority of his administration in Mexico.
"Sports will be a priority of my government, they will be part of the axis of achieving a quality education for all. Mexico is a country of young people and that represents a tremendous potential that we must take advantage of," Peña Nieto said during the awards ceremony Sunday at the Los Pinos presidential residence.
Peña Nieto handed out the prizes personally to the winners, spoke with them and hailed them as examples for society.
Mexico's Olympic champion soccer team from the 2012 London Games; archer Aida Roman, a silver medalist; swimmer Gustavo Sanchez, a double-medalist in the Paralympics; and taekwondo competitor Maria Espinoza, a two-time Olympic medallist, were honored by the president.
Olympic soccer coach Luis Fernando Tena, Paralympic team coach Jose Pelaez, gymnast Naomi Valenzo and businessman Nelson Vargas were also honored for their contributions to sports in Mexico. EFE