IOC critical of Spanish basketball team ad
BEIJING -- The International Olympic Committee has weighed in on the advertisement featuring the Spanish men's basketball team that some have deemed offensive because it mimics the eyes of Chinese.
"Clearly, it was inappropriate,'' IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said Thursday.
"But we understand the team apologized and the athletes meant no offense whatever. So, as far as we are concerned, the matter rests.''
-- Randy Harvey
Photo: A man in Madrid looks at an advertisement that appeared in the Spanish daily sports newspaper Marca featuring Spain's national basketball team members in uniform pulling back the skin on their eyelids, and smiling. Credit: Miguel Riopa AFP/Getty Images