Casillas delighted to attend Prince of Asturias Awards

21:43, October 18, 2010      

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Real Madrid and Spain captain Iker Casillas said Monday that he was delighted to be allowed to attend the Prince of Asturias Awards ceremony on Friday night.

Casillas will attend the ceremony as a member of the Spanish football team that has been given the award in the Sports category after winning the World Cup two years after being crowned as European Champions.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho had originally said that none of the club's players would be allowed to attend the ceremony, which is held in the northern city of Oviedo just 24 hours before his side entertains Racing Santander in a BBVA Primera Liga fixture on Saturday night.

However, following his side's 4-1 win in Malaga at the weekend, Mourinho announced that Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez had persuaded him to allow the club to be represented at the ceremony and that Casillas would be that representative.

"The coach has told me I am going and I am delighted. I am proud to be able to attend the ceremony as captain of Real Madrid and Spain."

"The award is recognition of what the Spanish national side has done and I am pleased that everyone has come to an agreement for me to go. I will go to Oviedo in the morning, pick up the award and then return quickly to be with my team mates for the next game," confirmed Casillas.

The Prince of Asturias Awards cover a wide range of different fields such as Arts and Social Sciences. This year's Social Science award has been given to the archeological team that is working on the Terracotta Warriors of Xi' An in China.

Source: Xinhua


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