Olympics: Interviews with Toni
Inés has sent in some translations of quotes given by Toni in interviews today.
What Toni has said in the different interventions on the radio:
“A very sad day for him because in addition to the illusion of participating in the Olympics, which are only 1 every 4 years, the illusion of being the flag bearer”
“His condition is of sadness, he would have paid to carry the flag” ….
“You lose a match and you have assumed it, but unable to participate due to injury and in something that is only every four years and that the next Games he will be 30 years old is more difficult to take ….. ”
“He told me when he won in Beijing that besides being one of the happiest days of his life, he had won with the support of much of the Spanish team, feeling so supported by them, to win in a moment when he was very tired from the season – so many matches. Imagine the feeling of gratitude that he has for all the athletes and to be now their representative – it was very special for him … ”
“The injury is new, it happened at Wimbledon. It’s an issue of the knee that is not the same as before. It’s something for not to be worried about, I trust not, but the recovery is longer …. ”
“From the environment were saying him the fact, that he doesn’t reach to the Games, but it was such the illusion that he had, and today, when he started training (with racket) he has seen it quite clear and also there was a player waiting for this decision for so he can go to the games instead of Rafa and he had to take the fatal decision … ”
(Inés, the above is very unclear to me and I can’t quite clean it up. I’m thinking this corresponds to what I’ve read other people saying: that Rafa wanted to go so badly that he was in a bit of denial about his chances and the team – and today’s practice session – had to bring him back to reality? Is that correct? – miri)
“And there is no set a schedule for the return, as it had a priority and it was to play in the Games and that if he starts in a week, two or three does not worry us too much, and less on a day like today … ”
(Personally, I like the sound of that. It sounds like they are letting the injury dictate the recovery time and not the ATP schedule. That’s the only way it will truly heal up. – miri)
One link for a radio interview, the one for RNE-RTVE was not showed.
What he said in the interview on TV “The greatest pity is not to be the flag bearer of the Spanish team, which made him special illusion …”
“Today when we went to play we have seen that he was not well and decision had been which had to be taken, which was not to participate … ”
President of the COE, “He called me before announce the decision, which I appreciate and I found an athlete, worried, annoyed because the illusion Rafael were the Games and be the flag bearer of Spain .. ”
JuanCarlos Navarro,” It’s a bad news for our sport and to dedicate all the successes we have in London and I’m sure we will see in the next “