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.
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.