December 7, 2013
Gasol: Madrid’s bid has no risks
Madrid is bidding to host the Olympic Games for a third time in a row and the Los Angeles Lakers Spanish star Pau Gasol said that there are no risks and that hosting the 2020 edition of the Games “would be a big boost” for the Spanish society.
The two-time Olympic medallist and NBA player Pau Gasol supported Madrid’s bid to host the Olympic Games 2020 yesterday in a packed press conference at the NH Hotel in the Buenos Aires city by saying that hosting them in Spain “would be a big boost for our society.”
Gasol, a the Los Angeles Lakers player, also said that the city’s bid is “very strong” and poses “no risks,” as it has its infrastructure almost ready.
World middleweight boxing champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez of Argentina was also part of the press conference to support Madrid. He has followed soccer World Player of the Year Lionel Messi in promoting Madrid’s bid.
The host city will be chosen tomorrow and Madrid is competing against Tokyo and Istanbul. And Gasol explained why Madrid should be the chosen one.
“We are promoting the sports here,” Gasol said. “Hosting the Olympic Games at home would also be a big boost for our society. It would bring contributions to all sectors, it would help everyone grow.”
After bidding and losing for the 2012 and 2016 editions of the Olympics, Gasol thinks that Madrid has become stronger and has more experience now.
“We have learnt a lot and that has made our bid a lot stronger,” Gasol said. “We are sound enough and mature enough. There are no risks.”
Despite the Spanish crisis, Gasol is confident that the city has worked a lot to be the one who will host the Olympic Games 2020.
“We come here with great enthusiasm, as a bid team,” Gasol said. “We have made every effort and will make every effort so that Madrid will be the chosen candidate on Saturday (tomorrow).”
“Maravilla” Martínez, an Argentine boxer who has lived in Madrid for the last 11 years, supported the Spanish city by saying that the country is “all right” despite crisis.
“The crisis affects the whole world, there isn’t a country that escapes it, but Spain is all right,” said Martínez.
As Gasol said, the 38-year-old Martínez also said that Madrid grew up after its two bids for the Olympics.
“(Madrid) has the experience of having made two previous bids and they say third time lucky,” he added. “I think Spain has an excellent infrastructure already in place and an enormous solidity in the people who are committed to working to make these the best Games.”