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  • The consistory approves with the favorable vote of all the groups to give the distinction to the athlete

  • He is awarded for being the most recognized Catalan basketball player and for his social commitment

The municipal plenary session of the Barcelona City Council has unanimously agreed this Friday to grant Pau Gasol the gold medal for sporting merit. The basketball player is awarded for being the most recognized Catalan in the world of basketball and with the most relevant career.

But in addition to his sports career, his social commitment and exemplary behavior on and off the slopes have also been taken into account. In plenary it was recalled that Gasol played 18 seasons in the NBA, of which he was twice champion, and participated six times in the All Star, an event in which the best players in the American league compete. Upon returning from the US, he returned to play for FC Barcelona, ​​with whom he won the ACB league and the Copa del Rey before retiring. Three Olympic medals

His role with the Spanish team, with which he won the 2006 World Cup and three Olympic medals, in Beijing 2008, London 2021 and Rio de Janeiro 2016in addition to winning the Eurobasket three times. The former player is a member of the IOC Athletes Commission and created together with his brother Marc the Gasoline Foundation, that promotes health and healthy habits. He has received the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, along with the entire basketball team; the Princess of Asturias Award 2015 and the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sports Merit 2021, among other distinctions.

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