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NBA: LA Lakers F Pau Gasol Pitches for Madrid's 2020 Olympic Bid
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NBA: LA Lakers F Pau Gasol Pitches for Madrid's 2020 Olympic Bid

Sep 6 2013, 12:10am CDT | by

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina to help pitch for Madrid's bid for the 2020 Olympics.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol arrived in Buenos Aires to help pitch for Madrid's bid for the 2020 Olympics.  Gasol said he is very excited about the opportunity, per Eric Pincus of the Los...

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NBA: LA Lakers F Pau Gasol Pitches for Madrid's 2020 Olympic Bid

Sep 6 2013, 12:10am CDT | by

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina to help pitch for Madrid's bid for the 2020 Olympics.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol arrived in Buenos Aires to help pitch for Madrid's bid for the 2020 Olympics. 

Gasol said he is very excited about the opportunity, per Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times

"I am very excited about being here. We have a very strong bid, based on trust. We must guarantee that we are going to organize a great Olympics in 2020." 

He also tweeted his optimism shortly after touching ground. He wrote,"After a long flight, I am already in Buenos Aires! With lots of optimism, I'm excited about our chances."

Gasol will present in front of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Saturday, September 7. Madrid is competing with Istanbul and Tokyo for the right to host the Olympics seven years from now. 

Gasol, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, will have his work cut out for him. Madrid is a strong candidate for the Olympics but the country of Spain has been in recession in recent years. It even has a 26.3 percent unemployment rate. 

Nonetheless, Spanish Olympic Committee president Alejandro Blanco reiterated Gasol's character made him stand out when trying to decide who among Spain's athletes will be part of the delegation which will make a pitch for Madrid to the IOC. 

"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." 

Gasol has also been a UNICEF Spanish Committee Ambassador since 2003. 

Should Madrid beat out Tokyo and Istanbul, 2020 would mark the first time Spain will host the Olympics since 1992, when Barcelona was bestowed with the honor. 

 

 
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