MARCA and The New York Times win the ‘Sports’ awards at the OJA 2021

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16/10/2021

10:00

MARK you’re in luck. The newspaper has once again received an award. This time, the recognition has come in the Online Journalism Awards (OJA) 2021 delivered by the Online News Association (ONA).

‘The man in chains that football helped to survive’, a report by Jos Ignacio Prez, has obtained the first prize in the category ‘Sports/Small/Medium Newsroom’ in which he competes with the other finalist: ‘The Hero We Deserve’ published in ‘NJ Advance Media’. In ‘Sports / Large Newsroom’, the winner has been ‘The New York Times’ por ‘Sports and the Pandemic’.

Repeat award

MARCA repeats, in this way, award. Last year I already received this same award, which recognizes excellence and innovation in digital journalism, also in the category ‘Sports / Small / Medium Newsroom’, for the report ‘Los pgiles de Auschwitz’.

On ‘The man in chains that football helped to survive’, that the past was published February 14 on MARCA.com and on the Front Page, the Sunday supplement of the newspaper, also worked on the web special Emilio Alcalde and Ral Escudero (Design and Layout), Miguel ngel Carbonero (Infographic), Juan Carlos Fernndez (Illustration) and Marta Garca and Alberto Ibez (videos). Meanwhile, the paper version was provided by Alberto R. Barbero and Roberto Palomar (edition) and Javier Rodríguez (layout).

A kidnapping

The report tells the story of Francisco Santos, the current Colombian ambassador to the United States, a man who was held in the same room, his prison, from September 19, 1990 to May 20, 1991. 243 the en total. ‘Los Extraditables’, a group led by drug trafficker Pablo Escobar, They kidnapped and he found in football the strength and hope to live.

Football was like escaping from that chain that held me to the bed and forgetting that I could be dead at any moment.

Francisco Santos

In the text, Francisco Santos tells how those harrowing months were and how his passion for the ball and for Sante Fe, his team, allowed him to survive. “Football was like escaping from that chain that held me to the bed and forgetting that I could be dead at any moment,” says the ambassador.

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