Sainz’s triumph in the sports category returns Spain to palmáres after several years of absence. The last national award went to triathlete Javier Gómez-Noya in 2016 and since then it has been won by the New Zealand national rugby team (2017), climbers Reinhold Messner and Krzysztof Wielicki (2018) and American skier Lindsey Vonn in 2019 .

Sainz’s candidacy was proposed by Luis María Ansón, 1991 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, and was supported, among others, by the Prince of Asturias Awards for Sports Rafael Nadal (2008), Iker Casillas (2012) and Pau Gasol (2015), as well as by Jean Todt and Manuel Aviñó, presidents of the International and Spanish Automobile Federation, respectively.

Sainz was the winner in the vote of the jury, who chose his figure ahead of 16 other nominations for. The man from Madrid, who at the age of 57 won his third Dakar last January, becomes the first rider in this discipline to be awarded this award, and the fourth related to the motor world after the motorcycle rider Sito Pons (1990) , and those of formula one Fernando Alonso (2005) and Michael Schumacher (2007).

It is the sixteenth Princess of Asturias Award for Sports for Spain after Juan Antonio Samaranch, Severiano Ballesteros, Sito Pons, Miguel Indurain, 1997 marathon team, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Manel Estiarte, Fernando Alonso, 2006 national basketball team, Rafa Nadal, 2010 soccer team, Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernández, José María Olazabal, Pau and Marc Gasol and Gómez Noya.

-PALMARÉS OF THE PRINCESA ASTURIAS AWARD OF SPORTS.

1987: Sebastian Coe (GBR / athletismo).

1988: JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH (ESP / Olympism).

1989: SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS (ESP / golf).

1990: SITO PONS (ESP / motorcycling)

1991: Sergey Bubka (UCR / athletics).

1992: MIGUEL INDURAIN (ESP / cycling).

1993: Javier Sotomayor (CUB / athletics).

1994: Martina Navratilova (CZE / tennis).

1995: Hassiba Boulmerka (ALG / athletics).

1996: Carl Lewis (USA / athletics).

1997: SPANISH MARATHON TEAM (ESP / athletics).

1998: ARANTXA SÁNCHEZ VICARIO (ESP / tennis).

1999: Steffi Graf (ALE / tennis).

2000: Lance Armstrong (USA / cycling).

2001: MANEL ESTIARTE (ESP / water polo).

2002: Brazil men’s team (BRA / soccer).

2003: Tour de Francia (FRA / cycling).

2004: Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR / athletics).

2005: FERNANDO ALONSO (ESP / Formula One).

2006: SPANISH MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM (ESP / basketball).

2007: Michael Schumacher (ALE / Formula One).

2008: RAFA NADAL (ESP / tennis).

2009: Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS / athletismo).

2010: SPANISH MEN’S TEAM (ESP / football).

2011: Haile Gebrselassie (ETI / atletismo).

2012: IKER CASILLAS and HAVI HERNÁNDEZ (ESP / football).

2013: JOSÉ MARÍA OLAZÁBAL (ESP / golf).

2014: New York Marathon (USA / athletics).

2015: PAU GASOL and MARC GASOL (ESP / basketball).

2016: JAVIER GÓMEZ NOYA (ESP / triathlon).

2017: New Zealand rugby team (NZE / rugby).

2018: R. Messner / K. Wielicki (ITA / POL / alpinismo).

2019: Lindsey Vonn (USA / alpine skiing).

2020: CARLOS SAINZ (ESP / motor).