Spain's Sergio Ramos Reacts To Reports He's Going To Olympics
Spain’s Sergio Ramos challenged by England’s Raheem Sterling/File Photo

Spain captain, Sergio Ramos is not ruling out the possibility of representing his country at the Olympic Games next year.

Concise News reports that speculations have surfaced in recent days regarding his alleged desire to go to Japan next summer.

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After the 1-1 away draw against Norway in a Euro 2020 qualifying match, he was asked about this possibility in a post-match interview.

“For any player who has that opportunity, nobody would say no,” said Ramos.

“I think it is too early to talk about the Games, it would be rushed.

“Now I am focused on my club.

“There is a long time left and you will see what happens, but it’s a very nice idea.”

The stopper had plenty to do in the game, in what was a record 168th national team appearance.

“The personal side is always secondary, I would have changed it for the victory,” added Ramos.

“Reaching 168 is a reward and a merit, it gives me tremendous pride.

“I get excited every time I wear this shirt.

“That does not change and I hope to do it many more years.”

Reflecting on his side’s performance in Oslo, the centre-back wished they’d been able to seal qualification.

“It was a real shame,” he claimed.

“They took advantage in the final minutes.

“It was important to try to qualify today in order to feel calmer.”

Conor Dwyer banned through Tokyo Olympics for doping, retires from swimming

In related news, Conor Dwyer, a two-time Olympic swimming relay champion, announced retirement after being banned through the Tokyo Olympics for having testosterone pellets surgically implanted into his body and failing three drug tests in late 2018.

“This is an unfortunate end to an incredible chapter of my life,” was posted on Dwyer’s social media. “I believe that things happen for a reason, and I can’t wait to share with you all the next chapter of my life.”

Dwyer said in a press release that he “made an honest but unfortunate mistake” with the pellets, saying a doctor assured him they were legal.

An independent panel banned him 20 months, retroactive to December 21, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Dwyer, 30, last competed at the August 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, where he qualified for this past summer’s world championships. Dwyer’s name was taken off the world championships roster in May without explanation.

Dwyer was part of U.S. Olympic champion 4x200m freestyle relays in 2012 and 2016. He earned 200m free bronze in 2016, plus seven world championships medals (six on relays) from 2011 through 2017.