POSTED: August 28th 2013
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Pau Gasol to speak with Madrid 2020 delegation at IOC Session

Pau Gasol will be amongst the Madrid 2020 delegation in Buenos Aires next month / Madrid 2020
Pau Gasol will be amongst the Madrid 2020 delegation in Buenos Aires next month / Madrid 2020

Pau Gasol was a flag bearer of the Spanish team at London 2012 / Madrid 2020
Pau Gasol was a flag bearer of the Spanish team at London 2012 / Madrid 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Spanish international basketball player and two-time NBA world Champion and Olympic silver medallist Pau Gasol will speak with the Madrid 2020 delegation before the International Olympic Committee at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires next month to help spur the city’s bid in its pursuit of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

“Many athletes in Spain would have been proud to be a part of our team,” Madrid 2020 and Spanish Olympic Committee President Alejandro Blanco said. “Given Spain’s sporting success, there were many options. It was a hard decision, but we finally chose Pau Gasol. We are very excited having Pau represent Spanish athletes; firstly because there is a personal friendship between us, and secondly because he was our flag bearer in the London Games.

“All of our athletes would have played a remarkable role, but we selected Pau and asked him to help us, because he is not only a great sportsman, but he also demonstrates exceptional personal values that go beyond sport and reach out to the youth of the world.”

“The Olympic Games are more than sport – I know this personally as an Olympian,” Gasol said. “Spanish sport and the people of Madird need the boost the Olympic Games would provide, and Madrid is ready to face this challenge. But Madrid will also give something back to the Olympic Movement – we are a city that is prepare with a responsible bid plan that will help develop sport far into the future.”

Madrid is bidding against Istanbul and Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee will select the Host City at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires 7 September.


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