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Olympic Games, Basketball (H) | Pau Gasol, elected member of the IOC on behalf of athletes

After announcing his retirement as a National Team player, Pau Gasol has been chosen as one of the four members of the Athletes Commission of the International Olympic Committee. Her candidacy was the most voted of a total of 29 submitted from 19 different sports and she will share this commission with the Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini, the Japanese fencer Yuki Ota and the polish cyclist Maja Martyna Wloszczowska, replacing four other athletes whose mandate ends at the end of Tokyo 2020.

The player appeared before the media in an appearance organized by the Spanish Olympic Committee and acknowledged that “it is a very special moment.” Pau Gasol explained that he has been “working on this for two years and I have had to learn a lot to be prepared and know the challenge I face in order to help the Olympic movement continue to grow and improve. Being able to be there is an honor and pride. .

The pivot referred to his position within the world of athletes: “The affection of all athletes is enormous, I feel it in every event in which I have participated “.

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I feel very grateful, honored and fortunate and very much looking forward to doing things in sport in the Olympic movement and for all athletes.

Finally, Gasol commented on his previous experience in the NBA players union, where “I was able to experience what they are trying to do, the dedication and benefit that it entails and I am in a moment that suits me very much to opt for this position to help the Olympic movement and the athletes who participate and will participate in the Games. Fight for equality and clean sport so that he continues to be an example for children and for society.

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