Andorra Telecom has accompanied Morabanc in a very successful year. The 2017/2018 season has seen the team achieve the best position in its history. With 19 victories in the regular league, they were sixth in the ACB, a position which meant they qualified to take part in the Eurocup. They were eventually eliminated in the play-off against Barça.
They also began the 2018/2019 season in fine style, winning the championship of the Catalan League by beating FC Barcelona 94-76 and qualifying for the second round of the Eurocup by finishing in second place at the end of the first stage.
Morabanc has succeeded in establishing itself on its return to top tier basketball in Spain. This success, however, is not simply on the court, but in the social aspect too, with thousands of supporters attending each game in the Govern pavilion.
Around 2,700 participants from 50 different countries took part in the tenth edition of the Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord, a benchmark in mountain races. This year’s competition was marked by bad weather.
In these conditions, the connectivity provided by Andorra Telecom proved to be even more important for the safety of the runners. The personal and technological preparations meant that the runners could be tracked as well as located on the internet, and their appearance at different points of the route could be streamed live.
As regards the results of the different events, the Andorran runner Aida Fornieles and the Spaniard Sebas Sánchez won the Mític, while Armando Teixeira from Portugal and Marta Escudero from Spain won the Celestrail. Roberto Garcia i Queralt Riba won the Peaks Marathon.
The Andorran leg of the World Trial Cup was held at Sant Julià and was another organisational and sporting success. Most of the competition took place at Nagol, with a large crowd in attendance. The rider Jeroni Fajardo reached the last section of the race in first place, but victory finally went to the current holder, Toni Bou, ahead of Albert Cabestany and Fajardo. Bou went on to win the world TrialGP championship for the 12th time, which can be added to his tally of 12 indoor titles.
The British rider Billy Green won the Trial 125, while the Italian Matteo Grattarola showed he has no rivals by winning the Trial2 once again. The only Andorran competitor in this category on this occasion, Xavi Casas, ended in 23rd place out of the 25 riders taking part in the competition.
The International Motorcycling Federation has once again entrusted Andorra with the gala ceremony for the FIM Awards. There were 48 champions and world champions in all disciplines, with some who are well known to the general public, particularly Marc Márquez.
The rider from Cervera won his fifth World MotoGP title this year, the seventh in all if you include his Moto3 and Moto2 titles. Several sports personalities residing in Andorra also received trophies. This was the case of Jorge Martín, world champion in Moto3, or Toni Bou, the world trial champion.
FIM held its general assembly in the days leading up to the gala, with delegates from 103 countries. The event attracted 600 people altogether, making Andorra the world capital of motor racing, and this year it featured an acrobatics show in the car park of Prada Casadet. These events benefited from the support of Andorra Telecom as their technology partner.
The 26th edition of the Borrufa Trophy was held from January 29th to February 1st at the Ordino-Arcalís ski resort. The race was a success both in terms of organisation and sporting prowess. The Andorran team came first in the general ranking after achieving 25 podium places and fifteen top three finishes, followed by the British and Spanish teams.
The Borrufa, which is supported by Andorra Telecom, is an international ski competition for 14 to 16 year olds. It is one of the most prestigious competitions in the calendar of children’s downhill racing on the international circuit of the International Ski Federation
Any assessment of the event must underline its consolidation and the values it transmits among the athletes. 220 competitors from 27 countries took part in a competition that featured the first representatives from China and Sri Lanka, the return of the Russians and the loss of Italy, whose racers had been unable to train because of poor weather conditions.
The Font Blanca is more than just a landmark sporting event in the World Downhill Skiing Cup, but rather a technological and media highlight as well. It has become the first competition in this discipline to have the race broadcast on TV via Andorra Television and streamed on its website.
This positioning would not have been possible without the contribution of Andorra Telecom as the technology partner, responsible for ensuring connectivity for the organisation.
The 2018 edition of the Font Blanca was marred by adverse weather conditions that forced the cancellation of the individual race. The vertical race was held in excellent weather and was won by the French skier Axelle Mollaret and the Italian Anton Palzer. The best Andorran competitor was Jordi Solé in 36th place.
TIM Andorra is the most important popular sporting event of all those held in Andorra. Around 3,500 players and 340 teams take part in a competition that brings together Volleyball and Basketball clubs at different categories in the Principality of Andorra.
TIM Andorra was set up as a basketball competition in 2008 to take advantage of the excellent sports and hotel facilities in the country. The number of those taking part has grown every year, until the event’s inclusion in the calendar of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). This success led to its expansion into other sports, such as volleyball, which now has its own weekend.
Andorra Telecom provides support as a technology partner for this competition, which is held in twelve different facilities distributed around the country.
It has taken the Spartan Race only three years to become fully consolidated, and it has had the support of Andorra Telecom from the very start. Over 4,000 people take part in the Ultra, Beast and Sprint competitions, each with a different length and number of obstacles, held at the Grau-Roig sector of Grandvalira. The adult races are held in parallel with the Spartan Kids, for the younger participants.
The Spartan Race is considered the best obstacle race in the world. The first was held in Vermont, in the United States, in 2010. They are currently held in many places around the world. Andorra is one of the latest countries to join the world circuit for this discipline.
The Unió Ciclista Internacional (UCI) has once again chosen Massana as the site of the World BTT Cup for 2018. Vallnord - Pal Arinsal will hold two races: cross-country and descent, between July 14th and 15th 2018.
The World Cup will be followed by the World Masters 2018, held from July 15th to 18th, which will attract the world’s best runners aged over 30.
The organisation calculated that the 9 days of competition drew 63,000 people altogether, including competitors, team members and spectators. Gerhard Kerschbaumer and Gunn-Rita Flesja won in the cross-country category while Loris Vergier and Rachel Atherton came first in the downhill category.
Andorra la Vella and Seu d’Urgell were the hosts of the Special Olympic Games. There were 1,500 athletes from 15 different countries taking part in this great event for inclusive sports held at the start of October.
The competition was a success in both sporting and organisational terms. Andorran competitors won a total of 26 medals: nine gold, eight silver and another nine bronze medals for swimming, basketball, football, judo, pétanque and athletics.
The event, with the motto “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”, was made possible by the support of sponsors, including Andorra Telecom, and 1,000 volunteers, 600 of whom were from Andorra.
Andorra Telecom sponsored the Andorran Ski Federation for the first time in the year when the Winter Olympics were held in PyeongChang. The Andorran delegation consisted of Joan Verdú, Marc Oliveras, Mireia Gutiérrez, Lluís Marín and Irineu Esteve, who carried the flag in the opening and closing ceremonies.
The Federations technical directors were very positive about the participation, which finished either in the top 30 or very close to this in most events. Mireia Gutiérrez’s illness and Lluís Marín’s accident prevented the results from being better.
The year was marked by the ninth place achieved by Verdú in a descent for the Europa Cup and an excellent start to the season by the Nordic skier Irineu Esteve, who finished among the top 30 competitors in four World Cup trials.