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Gasol to rep Madrid as spokesman for Olympic bid

Lakers All-Star Pau Gasol has been named a spokesman for Madrid's 2020 Olympic bid, according to the Associated Press.

Lakers All-Star Pau Gasol has been named a spokesman for Madrid's 2020 Olympic bid, according to the Associated Press.


The committee to lure the Olympics to the Spanish capital issued a statement Tuesday indicating Gasol will address the International Olympic Committee next month in Buenos Aires.


The Olympics are "more than a sport," Gasol said in the statement.


Bringing the Olympics to Spain would provide a boost for Spain's recessed economy.



This will be Madrid's final presentation as they compete with Tokyo and Istanbul for the honor.


The IOC will make its decision in Argentina on Sept. 7.


- Eric Pincus