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Pau Gasol criticizes Lambán for “politicizing” the games and asks him to “get better information”

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New hook of the President of Aragon, Javier Lambán, at the expense of the failure of the candidacy to host the 2030 Winter Olympics in the Pyrenees. This Wednesday afternoon, he criticized former basketball player Pau Gasol, who had accused the General Council of Aragon (DGA) of “politicizing” the Olympic project. The President of the Aragonese Executive then took to Twitter to criticize the words of the former player, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission, whom he urged to “get better information”.

Gasol considered the COE’s decision to cancel the Pyrenees’ candidacy “right” because, as he said, “an attempt was made to politicize it, particularly from the Aragonese side”. The former NBA and FC Barcelona player praised the Generalitat’s handling of this crisis. “As Alejandro Blanco said [presidente del comité]Catalonia has shown exemplary behavior that I’m proud of,” he assured, declaring this Wednesday at the presentation of his academy in Barcelona together with Banco Santander.

Referring to the missed opportunity, also a member of the Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee, explained that the candidacy has an important value because “sport unites and distances the differences that may exist”. “The other party did not follow the same line and this candidacy as presented fell. We’ll see if in the future we can present another one in a different way that makes sense and that’s going to continue,” he said.

This afternoon, Lambán responded on Twitter. “The Catalan Pau Gasol blamed me for the failure of the games. With the respect this athlete deserves, he should be better informed and not assume that the COE is following strict sporting criteria. In this case, it was an ally of the independence movement.” The president later clarified that he didn’t mind being called “the Aragonese Lambán” and specified that the ally of the independence movement was the Olympic Committee and not the former player.

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Lambán also referred this morning to criticism from Alejandro Blanco, who in Rac-1 pointed out to him that “presenting this candidacy as a struggle between constitutionalists and independents, which is outrageous”. The President of the DGA also complained on social networks that he was receiving an “avalanche of insults and disqualifications from the President of the COE” for having “defended the interests of Aragon”.

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