Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?
“I was motivated to travel for this after seeing football and tennis start. Also, the Danish Badminton League has been happening for two months now.”
“It’s the first event for everyone so I can’t expect anything. I’ll just go all out from the start.”
“My goal is not to stop at No.3. I want to reach the absolute top.”
“I’m at my career high eighth in the world rankings and I know I’ve accomplished a lot but beyond doubt there’s still so much further I can go.”
“It felt as if my whole life was taken away from me.”
“The first sketch I did in 2016 was of Jack Nicholson, one of my favourite actors. I posted it on Instagram and got pretty good feedback.”
“For a Para athlete, the Paralympics is a holy place. It’s the highest platform for every athlete to perform and let the world know how good you are.”
Hong Kong’s Chan Ho Yuen Daniel on how much qualifying for Tokyo 2020 means to him.
“When you see your child competing, there’s a little piece of you out there and there’s nothing else quite like that.”
Lauren Smith’s mother Nicola says watching her daughter play makes all her sacrifices worthwhile.
“I literally sat in my own pit of despair for a long time. I wasn’t enjoying playing or anything.”
“If I had no brother it would be Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo but I prefer playing with my brother.”
Toma Junior Popov, when asked by Badminton Europe who his ideal partner would be.
“I have to believe I can achieve this higher goal. It will be a big boost for my country.”
Surinamese Brian Kliwon dreams of officiating at the Olympics. Read his story here.
“I know it’ll be really tricky next year with a tight badminton schedule but I’ve managed it before, and I know I can handle both.”