The Week in Quotes

The Week in Quotes
Fernando Rivas with star pupil Carolina Marin.

Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?

“In a few minutes an anthem will play and a flag will be raised, that of China or that of Spain. If you know the game plan, apply it. And I left.”

Coach Fernando Rivas on what he told Carolina Marin when she was trailing Li Xue Rui in the 2014 World Championships final.

“Badminton is much quicker, the brain has to keep working all the time, there’s no resting.”

The legendary Judy Devlin Hashman on why she chose badminton over tennis. Read her interview.

“It’s really our way to bring the sport to more people, because they will not have to be restricted to a hall, which means every open space can be used to enjoy the sport.”

Jamaica Badminton Association President Nichole Case on why she is looking forward to launching AirBadminton in her country.

“He’s been really caring through this whole phase. It’s almost like I have a girlfriend!”

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection, reveals his on-court partner Chirag Shetty checks on him every day.

“In Para badminton, even more than everywhere else, sharing experiences is the best way to help people develop the sport.”

Para badminton coach Guillaume Gailly tells Badminton Europe he is eager to spread his passion and knowledge about the sport he loves.

“We are all working hard to keep the players motivated. It’s tough, but we have to move forward.”

Malaysia Coaching Director Wong Choong Hann tells New Straits Times he is focussed on planning for the future.

“To our fans, we know you are all eager to see international badminton soon. We are, too.”

Read this open letter from BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer and BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund to the badminton community.

“To win a gold medal we have to get past them somehow.”

Yuki Fukushima tells the Olympic Channel she sees compatriots Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara as the biggest obstacle for her and partner Sayaka Hirota at Tokyo 2020 next year.