IOC critical of Spanish basketball team ad


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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.’’


The ad was for Seur a courier company based in Madrid. The company said it had no plans to pull the ad. But the Times’ Bill Plaschke and Mark Heisler both weighed in on the ad earlier.

-- Randy Harvey