The Week in Quotes

The Week in Quotes

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

“I must ensure they don’t go to the Olympics just to participate. They have to compete to be medal candidates.”

Rexy Mainaky on the target he wants his charges Tan Pearly and Thinaah Muralitharan to chase at Paris 2024.

“We look forward to putting on another grand show for our loyal fans in China.”

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund on Guangzhou hosting the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals after three years. Story here.

“All I can say is this is the best day of my life.”

A tearful Deada Jean Yves Yao of Ivory Coast on learning he has qualified for the BWF Para Badminton World Championships 2022.

“I’m happy to see how much he’s improving. I hope we can both represent the country in top-tier events after this. We don’t keep in touch that often, but I do follow his progress.”

Independent shuttler Lee Zii Jia is watching compatriot Ng Tze Yong’s performance from afar.

“The interest in badminton will translate to AirBadminton. I think people will take to it. We are looking to have some really big names participating.”

BWF Development Director Ian Wright optimistic of AirBadminton making an impact at next year’s ANOC World Beach Games. Story here.

“It will be a different ball game. I have to improve.”

Tasnim Mir on repeating her achievement of becoming junior world No.1 at senior level.

“The challenge of having alopecia has given me the tools to embrace new challenges, however big or small, without the trepidation I would once have, and with it, be able to enjoy the process.”

Toby Penty on how his condition has made him a more mature person.

“Growing up with badminton, I’m now dedicating my working life to it so that must be a statement.”

Read Germany Shuttle Time National Coordinator Carolin Ruth’s story here.

“I train and sometimes play against him. He has made points against me and that continues to motivate him.”

Coach William on what drives Uganda Para badminton player Hassan Mubiru to be better.