Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  By L.A. TIMES  |  Last updated 8/27/13
Lakers All-Star Pau Gasol has been named a spokesman for Madrid's 2020 Olympic bid, according to the Associated Press. The committee to lure the Olympics to the Spanish capital issued a statement Tuesday indicating Gasol will address the International Olympic Committee next month in Buenos Aires. The Olympics are "more than a sport," Gasol said in the statement. Bringing the Olympics to Spain would provide a boost for Spain's recessed economy. The bid of @Madrid2020ES is ready to host the next @Olympics and needs our support. It will be an honor to be defending it in Buenos Aires. Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 27, 2013 This will be Madrid's final presentation as they compete with Tokyo and Istanbul for the honor. The IOC will make its decision in Argentina on Sept. 7. - Eric Pincus
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