We are only a few months away from the beginning of the 31st edition of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Spain, things already seem settled when it comes to the player who will have the honor of being the Spanish flag bearer.

Powerful endorsement

According to ESPN, the Tennis star Rafael Nadal is the athlete with the best chance of carrying the flag in Rio. Nadal has a lot of support from Alejandro Blanco, the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee. The head of the Spanish forum stated that Nadal was a role model to all sportsmen from Spain and other states as well.

Moreover, Alejandro Blanco believes that the regulation should be modified in order to allow Nadal to be the flag bearer.

According to the regulation, this honor is offered to the sportsman with the best results in the Olympics, but who also gets the approval of the Spanish federations which send their representatives to the Olympic competitions.

Nadal was a winner in Beijing in 2008but got unlucky in London in 2012

At the 2008 edition of the Olympic Games in Beijing, Rafael Nadal won the gold medal in the men’s singles competition after defeating the Chilean player Fernando Gonzalez in the final. The year 2008 was one of the Spaniard’s best seasons. Before the triumph in Beijing, Nadal had wonWimbledon for the first time following a marathon match against Federer. He also became ATP No.1 at the end of that summer, dethroning the Swiss player.

Rafael Nadal was absent from the London Olympics in 2012. A knee injury forced him to stay away from the tennis court for several months. He was also forced to quit the US Open and by the end of that year he dropped to 4th place in the ATP ranking. In 2012, Nadal had been designated to bear the Spanish flag in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

His injury deprived him of the opportunity, and the honor was given to Pau Gasol, the Spanish NBA star.

If Nadal is offered the chance of bearing the Spanish flag in Rio, he would basically be granted some sort of compensatory measure by the Spanish Olympic Committee.

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