Los Angeles Lakers’ Gasol to speak for Madrid bid

Madrid’s 2020 Olympic bid committee says it has appointed Los

Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol to act as one of its spokesmen.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the committee says Gasol, one of

Spain’s most well-known athletes and a two-time Olympic silver

medalist, will address the International Olympic Committee during

Madrid’s final presentation in Buenos Aires next month.

Madrid is vying with Tokyo and Istanbul for the 2020 Summer

Games, and the IOC will deliver its decision in Argentina on Sept.

7.

In the statement, Gasol says the Olympics are ”more than

sport” and Madrid needs the boost the games would provide.

Spain has been in recession for most of the past four years and

has a 26.3 percent unemployment rate.