Injury forces Nadal to miss Olympics

Updated: Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 17:05

Reigning Olympic champion Rafael Nadal will not be competing at London 2012 due to injury.

The 26-year-old won gold for Spain in Beijing four years ago but will not be defending his crown this summer.

Nadal also confirmed he will not be travelling to London for the Games, which would have been his first event since being eliminated in the second round at Wimbledon by then 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol.

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"I am not able to compete at the Olympics in London and therefore will not be traveling as planned with the Spanish delegation," he said in a statement on the Spanish federation (RFET) website, www.rfet.es.

"I have to think about my colleagues. I cannot be selfish and I have to think of the good of Spanish sport, especially Spanish tennis, and let a team-mate who is better prepared to compete.

"I've waited until the final moment of my preparation and my training, but I cannot do it."

Nadal was due to carry the Spanish flag at the Olympic ceremony in eight days.

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