Nadal chosen as Spain’s flag bearer for Olympics

Nadal Rafael

Tennis star, Rafael Nadal has been chosen as Spain’s flag-bearer for the games in Rio de Janeiro.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion was chosen by the Spanish Olympic Committee at an event in Madrid marking the 100-day countdown to lead the team at the opening ceremony on August 5.

Four years ago, the tennis star was selected to carry the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, but he had to pull out of the games with an injury. The basketball player Pau Gasol took his place.

Nadal won the singles gold medal in 2008 at the Beijing Games and also played in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Nadal will lead a Spanish delegation of about 300 athletes in Rio. The tennis player has been a longtime enthusiast of the Olympics and stayed with the other athletes in the Olympic Village at previous games.

The Rio Games will be Rafa’s third Olympics (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008).

 

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