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updated 8/11/2008 12:51:54 PM ET 2008-08-11T16:51:54

Spain's Olympic basketball teams seem to need a lesson in political correctness, evidenced by a full-page advertisement that appeared in the sports daily Marca, the country's best-selling newspaper.

According to The Guardian, the advertisement features a photo of the men's team and one of the women's squad with each player, including Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, making slit-eyed gestures.

The teams are posing on a basketball court decorated with a picture of a Chinese dragon, and each player appears to be pulling back the skin on either side of their eyes.

The advertisment is for a courier company, which is an official sponsor of the Spanish Basketball Federation. The basketball governing body's symbol appears on the ad.  

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