No IOC action against Spain over basketball ad
The Spanish basketball team has apologised for an advertisement where they pulled their eyes to make them look Asian.14 August 2008
BEIJING - A controversial ad by the Spanish Olympic basketball team was on Thursday called "clearly inappropriate" by the International Olympic Committee but the IOC said it will take no action because the players have apologised.
The Spanish basketball team posed for photographs for a sponsor which ran in the Marca sports daily in which they pulled their eyes to make them look Asian.
"It was clearly inappropriate," said IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies.
But Davies said the matter has been rested after the team issued an apology.
The New York Times quoted Spain's top player Pau Gasol as saying that "if anyone feels offended by it, we totally apologise for it.
"To me it was little clownish for our part to be doing that. The sponsor insisted and insisted. They pushed because they're the people that pay the money. It was just a bad idea to do that. It was never intended to be offensive or racist against anybody," the paper quoted him as saying.
The ads caused a stir and there were accusations of racism in the direction of Spain in what some said was only the latest of such incident.
Spanish football has seen racial taunts and there were also racist incidents around British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton at pre-season Formula One training in Barcelona.
[dpa / Expatica]
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