Madrid, Spain | AFP | The president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), Alejandro Blanco, was convinced this Thursday that tennis player Rafa Nadal will be ready for the Rio Olympics, where he will be the Spanish standard-bearer, despite having resigned from Wimbledon.
“The commitment (of Nadal) is total and the certainty that he will arrive in Rio to compete as well,” Blanco said at a press conference after the meeting of the board of Spanish Olympic federations to approve the delegation that will go to Brazil.
Blanco thus responded to a question about whether he considered that the Spanish tennis player, who had to withdraw from Roland Garros due to a left wrist injury, which also forced him to resign from Wimbledon, would be ready for the Games.
“I have no doubt about Rafa’s commitment,” added the COE president, insisting that “he is doing the necessary preparation to compete in Rio and get what he wants, which is a medal.”
Nadal heads the delegation of 304 Spanish athletes who have qualified for Rio, on which the president of the COE did not dare to advance a forecast of medals, although he declared himself “optimistic.”
Blanco was again reassuring about the Zika virus, insisting that there is a “general concern, but it is a controlled concern.”
Blanco said that the information provided by world health authorities has served to provide reassurance.
Zika has been precisely one of the arguments used by the main golf figures for not attending the Games, something that Blanco downplayed.
The president of the COE considered that whenever a new sport has been introduced into the Olympic program, “at first the great figures have been a bit reluctant to go (…) and yet today the great athletes all want to be in the Games” .
Golf «needs a period of a Games or two for great athletes to realize that there is nothing like it, there will be a prize that is distributed more economically, but the real glory is in the Games and I am convinced that in Tokyo- 2020 we will have the best players without discussion, “he said.