November 21st, 2016
Pedro Rumbao awarded José Ramón Fernández the Botón de Oro. Photo: Juvenal Balán
At the conclusion of the thirtieth edition of Marabana, the board of the Maratón Popular de Madrid (Mapoma) awarded the Botón de Oro of Mapoma — the highest distinction granted by said entity – to José Ramón Fernández, president of the Cuban Olympic Committee (COC).
The recognition was granted by Pedro Rumbao, vice president of Mapoma, with the presence of Antonio Becalli, head of Inder and Carlos Gattorno, director of the Marabana-Maracuba Project. The ceremony was held at the Sport City’s protocol room.
Rumbao described as an «authentic honor and pleasure» to award this insignia with the figure of a running bear, emblem of Madrid. «This button represents the values associated with effort, sacrifice and self-improvement in the world of sport that make José Ramón Fernández deserve it », stated the Spanish director.
The COC’s head stated the Botón de Oro highlights the work of all those involved in sport in our country. «It is an award to the effort of those that contribute to achieve the merits and prizes we possess », he asserted.
At the same time, Carlos Gattorno underlined that Fernández has been involved since many years ago in the Marabana/Maracuba project.