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Former basketball player and member of the Athletes Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Pau Gasol has supported the decision of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) to withdraw the Spanish candidacy to host the 2030 Winter Games, a project that, in his opinion, has become politicized. In statements to Efe coinciding with the presentation of the Pau Gasol Academy, the former Olympic athlete lamented “the differences” with the Government of Aragon which, according to him, have meant that the candidacy has not been able to advance.

“In the end, when you present a joint, union candidacy, which has a clear message and that union has not been reflected since the presidency of Aragon, differences are created and a candidacy is politicized, (it) falls”, he stated. , has praised the final decision of the Spanish Olympic Committee: “It seems to me a very wise decision of the COE, of Alejandro Blanco and of all the members in order to say: not like that, let’s see if we can do it in another way”. Javier Lambán, for his part, answered through social networks: “The Catalan Pau Gasol has blamed me for the failure of the Olympics. With the respect that this athlete deserves, he should be better informed and not assuming that the COE obeys strict sporting criteria. In this case, it has been an ally of independence.”

Later, at the press conference to present the academy, Gasol praised the “exemplary behavior” of Catalonia in the negotiation so that the Spanish candidacy would choose to organize the 2030 Games. “Catalonia has had an exemplary behaviorof which I am proud, the other party has not followed the same line and the candidacy, just as it was prepared, falls apart”, he added.

The statements of the member of the IOC Athletes Commission come one day after the COE has decided to withdraw the candidacy of the Pyrenees due to the impossibility of putting Aragon and Catalonia in agreement to present a joint project. This same Wednesday the president of the COE, Alejandro Blanco, has accused the president of Aragon, Javier Lambán, of lying and “not respecting” the technical agreement that had been reached to present the candidacy of the Pyrenees to the 2030 Games.

Former basketball player and member of the Athletes Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Pau Gasol has supported the decision of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) to withdraw the Spanish candidacy to host the 2030 Winter Games, a project that, in his opinion, has become politicized. In statements to Efe coinciding with the presentation of the Pau Gasol Academy, the former Olympic athlete lamented “the differences” with the Government of Aragon which, according to him, have meant that the candidacy has not been able to advance.

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