Rafael Nadal on competing at the Tokyo Olympics: ‘Under these circumstances, I don’t know’

Rafael Nadal unsure

Rafael Nadal has joined the chorus of tennis players who have raised doubts about participating at the Tokyo Olympics, admitting that he “doesn’t know yet” if he will make the trip to Japan.

On the back of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in 2020, the Tokyo Games were rescheduled to July 23-August 8 this year with the International Olympic Committee and the local organisers announcing strict health and safety protocols for the event.

However, with Covid-19 still not under control in the majority of countries around the world, many have expressed doubts about competing at The Games.

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“In a normal world I would never consider missing the Olympics. There is no doubt about that,” Nadal, who won gold in the singles at the Beijing Games and doubles gold alongside Marc Lopez at Rio 2016, said. “Everybody knows how important the Olympics are for me.

“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.

“I don’t know yet. Honestly I can’t give you a clear answer because I don’t know.

“In a normal year, I know my schedule almost 100 percent from January 1 until the end of the season. This year is a little bit different, no?

“We need to be flexible. We need to adapt to the things that are happening. I don’t know, I can’t give you an accurate answer. Sorry.”

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