Rafael Nadal to carry Spain flag at Rio Olympics

Rafael Nadal practises prior to the Australian Open on January 17, 2016
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Rafael Nadal is selected as Spain's flag bearer for the 2016 Rio Olympics, four years after he missed the London Games through injury.

Tennis star Rafael Nadal has been chosen as Spain's flag bearer at the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics this summer.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion was supposed to carry the flag at the 2012 Games in London but had to pull out of the tournament with injury.

He will get the chance again this year in Rio, though, after the Spanish team announced their choice with 100 days until the start of the showpiece.

Nadal revealed the news on Twitter, saying: "I'm really proud to be Spain flag bearer in #Rio2016!!"

Nadal, 29, won the Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008.

Rafael Nadal serves against Fabio Fognini during day five of the Barcelona Open on April 22, 2016
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