POSTED: July 16th 2012
Madrid 2020: Tennis star Rafael Nadal to carry Spanish flag in opening ceremony of London 2012
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
July 16 – Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal is a real supporter of the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid just as he was behind the 2016 campaign and will proudly carry the national flag at the London 2012 opening ceremony.
The Spanish delegation’s presentation today was led by Alejandro Blanco, President of the Spanish Olympic Committee and of the Madrid 2020 Bid, and he was joined by José Ignacio Wert, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport with five previous Spanish flag-bearers of the Olympic Games.
Nadal, the ATP world ranked number 3 player, said as he approaches his third Olympic Games, "Madrid deserves to host the Games more than any other city".
“A remarkable job has been done for many years.
"We have tried for many years and we almost made it a few times. I remember I was just seven when the Barcelona Olympics took place. At the Madrid Games, I will be a spectator, but I am sure it will be an unforgettable event".
Minister Wert and Blanco both noted on Nadal’s "values and his pride to represent Spain" and “He is an outstanding example of human being, and a sportsman with great values, he added.
Blanco said, "Pierre de Coubertain defined him 104 years ago when he said life is beautiful, because fight is beautiful. He defined sportsmen and women as people who may step back, but never surrender; people who may bow down, but never give up; and people who may take a detour because nothing is impossible. This is the best definition of Nadal.”
Madrid is in the competition to host the 2020 Olympic Games with Istanbul and Tokyo. The final vote will take place September 7th in Buenos Aires at the IOC session.
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