Spain defends Rafael Nadal; Nadal dismisses claims from former French official

| Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:30
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Rafael Nadal

Nadal maintains that his absence was due to an injury | Photo: IANS

While former French Minister for Health and Sport Roselyne Bachelot had claimed that tennis star, Rafael Nadal, had missed seven months of matches during the tennis season because of a positive drug test, The Spanish Olympic Committee has refuted the claims as well as Nadal himself.

Bachelot not only stated with much conviction that Nadal’s absence was due to a positive drug test, but generalised that when sportspersons take such long absences, it is usually to cover up a positive drug test.

(Also Read: French minister accuses Spain's Rafael Nadal of doping)

The Spanish Olympic Committee has a released a statement saying Nadal “has been submitted to innumerable anti-doping controls that he has always passed throughout his long career.”

Nadal expressed in a statement of how tired he was of such accusations and that he has never doped. “You know what?" he said. "I heard a few times again about the doping and I’m a little bit tired of that. I am a completely clean guy. I work so much during all my career, and when I get an injury, I get an injury. I never take nothing to be back quicker. And never had no temptation of doing something wrong. I believe in the sport and in the values of the sport. It is an example for the kids. If I am doing something that goes against that, I will be lying to myself, not to my opponents.”

According to reports from the Spanish media, Rafael Nadal’s coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, called Bachelot “an imbecile”.

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