Nadal can't understand Olympics snub

2016-05-26 22:05
Rafael Nadal (AFP)

Paris - Rafael Nadal said he cannot understand why a host of players are snubbing the Olympics, "the most important event in the world of sport".

Nadal won gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but a knee injury prevented him from defending his title in London four years later where he was also due to be Spain's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony.

"The Olympic Games is the most important event in the world of sport," said Nadal after reaching the third round of the French Open on Thursday.

"I cannot understand people who don't want to go to Olympics. It's an event that you can compete only once, twice, or three in your career maybe, if you are lucky. So you don't want to miss that."

So far, 17th-ranked John Isner of the United States, Austrian 15th seed Dominic Thiem, Bernard Tomic, the world number 22 from Australia and Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez, 23 in the rankings, have all announced they are giving the Olympics in Rio in August a miss.

Read more on:    olympics 2016  |  rafael nadal  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.