Rafael Nadal honored to become Flag Bearer for Spain at 2012 London Olympics
Rafael Nadal is braced to deliver a fatal blow to Roger Federer’s of winning a record seventh Wimbledon title. The Spaniard is also ready to encounter Novak Djokovic in yet another Grand Slam final.
Rafael Nadal has been the pride of Spain ever since the youngster started playing tennis. Now, the Olympic tennis champion Rafael Nadal is being honored by the opportunity to wield the flag of Spain at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.
The 26-year-old Spanish tennis prodigy believes carrying Spain’s flag at the Olympics will be the most emotional moment of his career.
The World No. 2, Rafael Nadal recently won a record seventh French Open title which was also his 11th Grand Slaw victory overall. Rafael Nadal was given the opportunity to carry Spain’s flag at the Olympics following a unanimous by the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE).
In a statement released on Wednesday, Rafael Nadal claimed that carrying Spain’s flag was an “honor” above all.
“To carry the Spain flag representing all the Spanish Olympic competitors in London is a true honor,” Rafael Nadal said. “All I can do is thank all the heads of the Olympic federations who have given me this opportunity.”
Rafael Nadal thanked the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) and admitted that carrying Spain’s flag at the Olympics was “recognition” of his achievements for the country.
“To carry this flag will be one of the most emotional moments I am going to have in my whole career and I believe it is a recognition for what I have achieved over the years,’ Rafael Nadal claimed. “All I can do is say thank you and wish all the athletes the very best.”
The president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), Alejandro Blanco was full of praise for Rafael Nadal in his press release. Alejandro Blanco also hailed the decision to give Rafael Nadal the opportunity to lift the flag of Spain at the Olympics.
“They didn't only consider sporting achievements, but also the current standing of the individuals, and their relevance at a national and international level,” Alejandro Blanco said.”It had to be Rafa Nadal.”
Rafael Nadal is succeeding the former Olympic canoeing champion David Cal as the flag bearer of Spain. David Cal led the Spanish contingent in Beijing.
The Mallorca-born, Rafael Nadal will attend his third Olympics this year. Rafael Nadal competed in the doubles in 2004 Athens and won the singles in 2008 Beijing.