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Nadal to carry Spain flag at Rio Games

April 28, 2016 10:36 IST
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Rafael Nadal

IMAGE: Rafael Nadal. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Fourteen-time grand slam singles tennis champion, Rafael Nadal, will carry Spain's flag at the opening ceremony for this year Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he said on Wednesday.

"I'm really proud to be Spain flag bearer in #Rio2016," the 29-year-old left-hander said on Twitter.

It is for the second time that the Spanish maestro has been given the honour.

He was earlier selected as the flag-bearer for the 2012 London Olympics but was replaced by NBA star Pau Gasol due to an injury, Sport24 reported.

The announcement was made to mark the 100-day countdown to the opening ceremony at Rio's Maracana Stadium.

Nadal won the Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008, beating Chile's Fernando Gonzalez in straight sets in the final. 

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