Portugal’s tennis star João Sousa criticises Olympics organisation

While national athletes take their dreams to Rio, tennis star João Sousa has seen his shattered – and certainly not helped by the fact that organisers lined him up with four games in 24-hours. The schedule, which left other players with two days between encounters, prejudiced his performance in both the singles and doubles matches, he said, adding “I feel let down. Players should have some rights”.

If asked to give Olympics organisers a score out of 10, the 36th ranked player in the world said he would give them a one.

And it wasn’t sour grapes, he stressed. He characterises Rio as a “good experience” that showed “fantastic atmosphere” within the Olympic team, and left him with “unforgettable memories and friends”.

But he hopes to show the world what he is really worth at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, he told Lusa.

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