The first edition of the gala ‘Deportistas 5 estrellas’ organized by Diario Vasco has been held this morning, March 19th, at the Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastian. It is an event that wants to reward people or entities of sports area.
The 'Surprise Award' sponsored by Equinoccio Viajes, has wanted to recognize the work of Organizaciones Deportivas El Diario Vasco, association responsible for many years of the organization of the Itzulia and the Clásica of San Sebastian.
Jaime Ugarte, José Luis Arrieta, Enrique Erentxun, Fernando Berridi, Fernando Ugarte, Mila Agirre, Antón Elorza, José María Eceiza, Paulino Betelu, Antxon Ayestarán and Santi Ayestarán have atended the event on behalf of Organizaciones Deportivas El Diario Vasco
In 2009, the associations ‘Organizaciones Deportivas El Diario Vasco', the organizer of the Itzulia, and ‘Euskal Bizikleta Elkartea’, the organizer of the Euskal Bizikleta -the old Bicicleta Eibarresa-, were merged under the name of Organizaciones Ciclistas Euskadi OCETA, current organizer of the Itzulia and the Clásica de San Sebastián.
However, the members of ‘Organizaciones Deportivas El Diario Vasco‘ ceased their positions in OCETA in January 2017, leaving the organization of the two Basque WorldTour races to the other members of OCETA.
Approximately 150 guests attended the awards ceremony. A dozen people have come to the event on behalf of OCETA, the current president, Julián Eraso, and the vice president, Javier Riaño, among others.
Likewise, in the event have been a lot of personalities such as the football players Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa, the snowboarder Lucas Eguibar and the ‘bateleras’ of San Juan. Also institutional agents such as Denis Itxaso, Gipuzkoa’s Deputy of Sports, and Goizane Álvarez, Director of Sports of the Provincial Council.