Federer playing in Rio Olympics

Swiss star Roger Federer will be competing at the Rio Olympic Games, which starts on August 5, according to a statement issued by the Swiss Olympic Committee.

Federer would be trying to win an unprecedented Olympic triple as he could be competing in the men’s singles, men’s doubles with Stan Wawrinka and in the mixed doubles with Martina Hingis.

The other Swiss tennis representatives are Belinda Bencic, who will partner Hingis in the women’s doubles and Timea Bacsinszky and Xenia Knoll, who will also be playing doubles.

Federer was the flag bearer for Switzerland in the opening ceremonies of Athens  2004 and Beijing 2008.

The 34-year-old and Wawrinka won the gold medal in the men’s doubles in 2008 and Federer won the silver medal at the 2012 London Games in the men’s singles, when he lost to Any Murray in the gold medal match.