‘I can’t give you a clear answer’ – Rafael Nadal unsure of Olympics participation

Rafael Nadal says he doesn’t know whether he can play the Olympics this year given all the uncertainty that surrounds the event.

Nadal has always been passionate about representing Spain at the Olympics, and has even played through injury before to ensure he could participate.

That has seen him pick up a pair of gold medals, one in the singles at the 2008 Beijing Games and a doubles from Rio in 2016.

Tokyo was originally meant to take place last summer but was postponed for a year due to the coronavirus crisis.

However, with vaccination rates among the general population in Japan still relatively low, many in the country are campaigning to cancel the Olympics this summer on safety grounds.

Even if it does go ahead, little is known about what restrictions will be imposed upon the competitors, and it’s all leaving Nadal unsure of whether or not he should be looking to compete.

“I don’t know yet,” Nadal said when asked if he had plans to play the Olympics.
“Honestly I can’t give you a clear answer because I don’t know. I don’t know my calendar.

“In a normal world I will never see about missing Olympics, there is no doubt about that. Everybody knows how important it has been for me to always play Olympics.

“[But] under these circumstances, I don’t know. Let’s see what’s going on in the next couple of months. But I need to organise my schedule.

“My schedule in a normal year, I normally know my schedule almost 100% since 1st of January until the end of the season.

“This year is a little bit different, no? We need to be flexible. We need to adapt about the things that are happening.”

Nadal’s comments echo those of Serena Williams, who has also expressed serious doubt about whether or not she will play the Olympics this year. 

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