Catalan secession threatens Spain’s golden age for sports

FILE – In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 file photo, Spain’s Marc Marquez smiles during a press conference at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island near Melbourne, Australia. Catalonia’s audacious attempt to secede from the rest of Spain represents a threat to one of the world’s sporting powers. MotoGP champion Marc Marquez and taekwondo gold medalist Joel Gonzalez have said that like many people in Catalonia they are perfectly content with the dual identity of being Catalan and Spanish. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, file)

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