- Nadal: Clean and Never Had Temptations | Tennis Now
Reporter: Rafa when you guys are recovering from an injury, there’s things you can take to help speed up that recovery. Is there sometimes the temptation to take something and then how frustrating is it that you know there are things that can help you recover, but you just can’t take them?
Nadal: “You know what? I heard a few times again about doping from my people, and I’m a little bit tired with that. I really don’t know nothing about the doping. I’m a completely clean guy and I work so much all my career. When I get injured I get injured. I never take nothing to be back quicker. I never have any temptations to do something wrong. I believe in the sport. And in the values of the sport. The sport is an example for society, it’s an example for the kids and if I am doing something that goes against that I will be lying to myself. That would be something that would be really bad for me and I don’t have these values and I don’t have any temptation to do negative things.
“I am a fair player and I love the sport as a player as a competitor and as a follower. When something negative happens in the world of sport I am sad because the sport is an example for society and for kids in general, so stop with that please.”
“Rafael Nadal is one of the best athletes in world tennis history and in his long career has been subjected to countless doping tests that he has always passed successfully,” said a statement released by the Olympic body, reports Efe.
The COE said it “deeply regrets the unfortunate and unjustified statements of a person who, for the position she had held, should be aware that such accusations, because of the importance of them, must be grounded in evidence.”
- Spain Defends Nadal From Doping Accusations From France | New York Times
Former French Minister for Health and Sport Roselyne Bachelot told French television on Thursday that Nadal’s seven-month injury hiatus in 2012 was “probably due to a positive doping test.”
Miguel Cardenal, the president of Spain’s Higher Sports Council, calls Bachelot’s accusations “slander of one of the most important athletes in history.”
Nadal’s coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, called Bachelot ”an imbecile,” according to Spanish media.
- “Making accusations without proof is a serious thing” | Roland Garros Facebook
Upset by Roselyne Bachelot’s words, Guy Forget, tournament director, says: “Why raising suspicion against a tremendous champion? I think that it is worth recalling that the ITF is required to make public any positive cases, regardless of the level of the player involved, and we saw this week that even the top players aren’t being spared. Drumming up publicity is one thing, but there are limits, and making accusations without proof is a serious thing.”
- Rafael Nadal Practices At Indian Wells
- Beyond commenting on the case of Maria Sharapova, Rafa addresses the regular rumours about himself, and doping, at the BNP Paribas Open | Stephanie Myles