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Rafael Nadal will be ready for Rio, says Spanish Olympic chief

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).

"I have no doubts over his participation. He is training regularly in order to achieve what he wants -- a medal."

Nadal is due to play singles and also the mixed doubles with French Open champion Garbine Muguruza at Rio.

However, he is still recovering from a left wrist injury which caused an early withdrawal from the French Open as well as forcing him to sit out Wimbledon.
 

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