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Nadal will be ready for Rio: Spanish Olympic chief

 Agencies |  2016-07-16 22:08:07.0  |  Madrid

 Rafael Nadal will be fit and ready for Rio, the head of the Spanish Olympic Committee insisted Thursday, even though the 14-time Grand Slam title winner is still sweating on his place in the squad.

Nadal was the Olympic champion at Beijing in 2008 but missed the London Games with a knee injury four years later.

The 30-year-old is due to be Spain's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony in Rio on August 5 but still needs the go-ahead from the International Tennis Federation after he failed to meet qualifying criteria.

“Nadal’s commitment is total and he will go to Rio to participate,” said Alejandro Blanco, the president of the country’s Olympic committee (COE). 

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