Rafael Nadal chosen as Spain’s flag bearer for Olympics

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Rafael Nadal will have the honour of carrying the flag for the Spanish Olympic team at the Rio Games.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion was chosen by the Spanish Olympic Committee to lead the team at the opening ceremony on August 5.

The Rio Games will be Rafa’s third Olympics (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008).

Our champ was supposed to be the flag bearer at the 2012 London Olympics but got injured before the games and was replaced by NBA player Pau Gasol.

Congrats Rafa! We are so proud of you!

[UPDATED] Rafa on being named Spanish flag bearer for this summer Rio Olympic Games:

I would like to thank the Spanish Olympic Committee the opportunity to be the standard bearer in the Olympic Games in Rio.

I’m very excited. I hope the games will be great and that the entire Spanish team can do well, wish us luck.

43 comments

  1. Congratulations you are soooooooooooooo worthy of being chosen to carry your country’s flag in the Olympics.
    May you have a very blessed time from now to the Olympics in August and enjoy every minute of it.
    You always do yourself proud, and your family and
    uncle Toni and coaches and country.

    Love and God bless,
    AlaineXX

  2. Things are looking good for you Rafa, two great back to back wins on clay, confidence on the ascendancy and much well deserved anger at the doping allegation. Everyone knows that you have highest integrity in life and in the sport of tennis. Just one more accolade, you have been selected to be Spain’s flag bearer in Rio!!!!! As I said at the beginning, things are looking good for you, Rafa. VAMOS👍👍👍👍

  3. A great day for Rafa. Hope he’s feeling not just the support and admiration but the love he really has.

  4. Spain is so lucky to Rafa … He is such an example of an outstanding athlete and human being… I have never heard him curse or break a racket … He is humble and grounded… Just love him so much as a person and enjoy tennis so much because of him… Spain has chosen the right person to carry their flag … He will do so with honor and pride….

    • It is a funny story that Rafa actually cursed once during a match in Indian Wells this year. The chair heard him and issued a warning. Rafa was stunned and said that he had never done that before. It was so bizarre since just before Rafa’s match, Murray played with lots of foul language. He was not warned once. I like Andy, but do not like his behavior on court.

  5. Spain could not have chosen a better athlete to do this honour for them ! He absolutely deserves to carry the flag and so pleased they have chosen Rafa for this role !!
    Well done Rafa

  6. Congratulations Rafa. You must be very proud and full of joy. You are much loved and admired.
    I had a feeling you would be chosen to be Spain’s flag bearer at Rio.

    RAFA ROCKS!

  7. This is a well-deserved honour. Congratulations, and thank you for continuing to be an exemplary role model.🇪🇸👑🏆❤️

  8. This is so wonderful and will help boost Rafa’s spirit even more. I loved the story where Rafa was mobbed by other athletes at the 2008 Olympics because they wanted his autograph and photo. What more can you say about how honored he is by his peers?

    • He also recognised how difficult it was for athletes etc training for 4 years for little financial reward. He felt bad.

  9. Delighted for you Rafa – you so deserve this honour. Always the perfect gentleman and a true sportsman.

  10. without a doubt Rafa is considered one of Spain’s Great Treasures,, To be gifted as a player who has become famous an to be so accommodating to his country is wonderful an a pleasure to witness ,,,

  11. I am so happy for Rafa and so proud of him!
    I know that this is an honour that he will hold dear to his heart!
    This is the coolness! <3 🙂

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