The big absentees at the Tokyo Games

07/19/2021 at 5:47 PM CEST

The Olympic event is the most anticipated by most athletes – and also sports fans. The culmination of four years of work. Some will shine, others will make history, and some will emerge as rising stars. Others simply they will be remembered for their absence. Injuries, the accumulation of matches during the season or a personal decision will leave some illustrious names on the bench at these Games.

Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer

They are two of the great protagonists of the international tennis circuit. Two great winners who, in their absence, will leave the representation of the ‘Big Three’ in the hands of Novak Djokovic.

“It is a decision that is never easy to make and after listening to my body and talking to my team, I understand that it is the right decision in order to extend my sports career& rdquor ;, explained Rafa Nadal after falling in the semifinals of Roland Garros and communicating his absence from the Games following in the wake of Roberto Bautista.

The one from Manacor remains thus without expanding his Olympic record, in which he already has two golds. The first, in the individual category, achieved in Beijing 2008 after winning the Chilean Fernando González in the final. The second, in doubles, with his friend Marc López in Río 16. The representation of the Navy now falls to Pablo Carreño, Alejandro Davidovich, Pablo Andújar and Roberto Carballés.

The Helvetian, for his part, postponed his decision to his performance at Wimbledon, decided after the London Grand Slam give up the Olympics. Switzerland had already included him in the list of participants, but Federer does not want to take risks. In its windows are the men’s doubles gold with Stan Wawrinka in Beijing 2008 and the silver achieved in London 2012.

As far as tennis is concerned, another of the greats, the American, will also be missed. Serena Williams.

Carolina Marin

One of the great aspirations of the Spanish medal, winner of a historic gold in Rio in badminton, the Huelva-born woman will not be able to make her contribution to the national medal table due to injury. The broken left knee of the crusader will prevent him from being in Tokyo and jeopardizes his participation in the World Cup that this year takes place in Huelva. Even so, the Andalusian rider has good feelings, she has already started to test herself without crutches after the operation and hopes to be recovered to compete at home. All tenacity and optimism, does not rule out arriving in Paris 2024. His relief will be taken by the young woman in the Japanese capital Clara Azurmendi.Mo farah

The British long-distance runner of Somali origin was another of those called to make history, lengthening the wake of Rio 2016. But lack of form has prevented Mo Farah from being present at the Games. Twenty seconds left the winner of two golds in the 10,000 meters, one in Rio and one in London. An ankle injury left him far from the minimum on his first attempt at the European Cup. He was supposed to run in 27 minutes and 28 seconds – or less – in the qualifying round of the British Championship but his mark of 27: 47.04 was twenty seconds behind schedule.

“It is what it is. I really thought I’d come here, I’d get the time I pushed all I could, I ran with all my might. It is all that one can do as a human being: give it all& rdquor ;, he said after that run. The great dominator of long distance in recent years gives way to his rivals.

Kenenisa Bekele, triple Olympic champion of 5,000 and 10,000 will not be one of them, because it is another of those who has given up on the competition.Egan bernal

The Colombian doubted until the last moment but finally it was decided to prepare the Vuelta sacrificing the Olympic appointment. The winner of a Tour and a Giro will not be in the fight in the road cycling event defending the colors of their country. Other big names make up the shortlist: Rigoberto Urán (EF Nippo), Sergio Andrés Higuita (EF Nippo), Esteban Chaves (Bike Exchange), Daniel Felipe Martínez (Team Ineos) and Nairo Alexander Quintana (Arkea Samsic).

Lebron James

Many dreamed that the great NBA star, already absent from the Rio games, would decide to lead the Dream Team in Tokyo. An appointment that, a priori, would be the last in which he could participate as a player. But not even that has tempted LeBron who waited for the press conference after the elimination of the Lakers from the NBA play-offs to break the news. This summer I was going to dedicate yourself to taking care of your ankle and recovering physically. Goodbye to the illusion of the fans.

Liz cambage

One of the most recent casualties is that of the Australian center Liz Cambage, star of the national team, who He resigns from the Games to protect his sanity. “It is no secret that in the past I suffered with my mental health and recently I have been worried about what it would be like to face a ‘bubble’ Olympics. I honestly find it scary. For the past month I have been having panic attacks, not sleeping or eating“the Australian player explained in a statement on her official Twitter profile.

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