Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?
FROM SPANISH PARA BADMINTON INTERNATIONAL 2023
“He’s my world, my priority. When preparing for matches, I make sure he’s happy, he has eaten, or he’s sleeping. Then I can do my warm-up and prep.”
Three-gold winner Leani Ratri Oktila reveals how her routine revolves around her seven-month-old son.
“I was in a specialised hospital for spinal injuries for two years. I couldn’t move anything at first. After a lot of work, I started gaining more movement in my body and arms.”
“If you want to take away my happiness, you have to take badminton away. It’s my love and passion.”
Nigerian Gbenga Sunday Olanipekun on what the sport means to him.
“Be chilled, more smiley and don’t let yourself get under pressure.”
Meril Loquette on what adopting the ‘Asian style’ from his Indonesian coach entails.
“I’m not aiming to charm anyone, I’m here to win.”
“I won because I’m younger.”
“The most important thing is you are having a good time. You have to keep it fun. Win or lose I don’t mind because I’m having the time of my life.”
Daiki Kajiwara on his approach to competition.
“There’s no time to celebrate. We are straight on a bus to Toledo. I want to ensure I’m fit and ready to go again.”
“I like how the Malaysian players train together, have fun all the time and help each other. More importantly, Malaysia has a lot of good food.”
Canadian Talia Ng shares her training experience at Akademi Badminton Malaysia.
“Now everyone in our country can see our hard work is finally producing results. I hope we are an example to other countries.”
Badminton Cook Islands President Thomas Mereana-Ngauru after the nation beat Tonga to take fourth place at the Oceania Mixed Team Championships.
“Tough or not, they have to be in top shape.”
“I’m sorry I can’t be with her until the Olympics, but now I’m going to support her from afar. I will remember every moment with her.”
“Patience and discipline come into play for both endeavours.”
Misbun Sidek on the similarities between badminton and fishing, his favourite pastime.
“An established sport in the country with great athletes and plenty of accomplishments, and yet we win a title for the first time. It was a really joyful milestone for us.”
Chess legend Viswanathan Anand rates India’s Thomas Cup win as the highlight of 2022.