Pau Gasol is one of the greatest athletes that Spain has ever produced; that’s why it makes perfect sense to have the two-time NBA champion assist his country in landing the world’s biggest sporting event.
According to the Association Press, Gasol will be a spokesman for Madrid’s 2020 Olympic bid:
[pullquote]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.[/pullquote]
Having a big name on board when trying to win a bid for the Olympics is important. For example, David Beckham was on board with London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics, and his involvement in the process is often cited as one of the main reasons that the ex-L.A. Galaxy star’s hometown was chosen to host the Games.
Gasol has won two silver medals at the Olympics, losing in the Gold Medal Game twice to Team USA and fellow Laker Kobe Bryant, first in 2008 and most recently in 2012.