Peter Gade to step down as France coach next year

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Peter Gade (middle) has been actively involved in grooming young badminton talents after his retirement from professional badminton. (photo: AP)
Peter Gade (middle) has been actively involved in grooming young badminton talents after his retirement from professional badminton. (photo: AP)

Paris: The 40-year-old Danish badminton legend Peter Gade has announced on Tuesday that he will step down as France national badminton coach on May 1st 2018.

In the announcement, Gade said: “I will stop my position as national coach for France on May 1st 2018. In mutual agreement with FFBAD, I have been taking a lot of different aspects into consideration for making the best future scenario for French badminton, and for myself. We decided that May 2018 will be the end of this cooperation. The same goes for my compatriot and assistant coach, Jesper Hovgaard who’s been a crucial and very important part of the effort we’ve put in for the last 2 to 5 years, trying to implement culture and structure for French badminton to build on for a promising future.”

Gade also reassured the French Badminton that he will do his best to further nurture and develop the French players before he leaves the organization.

“What will be next in my life, I don’t know yet, but badminton will for sure play a part. In which way – I don’t know yet.”

Gade had reached World No. 1 ranking on June 22, 2006, and was also a 5-time men’s singles champion at the European championships.

He was known for his fast attacks, smooth footwork and constant pressure against his opponents.

The former Danish men’s No. 1 men’s singles player retired from professional badminton at the end of 2012. He continued to involve in badminton by training young Denmark players before becoming the head coach for French badminton.

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