Paris: Former world No.1, and five times European champion, Denmark’s Peter Gade will join the French elite badminton team on May 15 as their chief coach – or more properly “performance director”, as they called it in France.
“I hope to give France that little extra that makes the difference,” said Gade in a statement released by the French Badminton Federation.
“It’s going to be a great challenge for me to make France a badminton powerhouse in Europe, or perhaps even to build a strong presence in the international badminton,” explained Gade who signed a five-year agreement with the French Badminton Federation.
“My plan is to create a structure, from the elite team down to the younger squad, and it is also important that all the parties involved must be willing to contribute resources into the plan to create the right conditions to achieve our goals.”
“They said I am very demanding, which is true. I am very demanding with myself, with the coaches and the players.”
Currently, France is lagging so far behind the Denmark team which has two top men’s singles player ranked in the top 10 worldwide, with Jan O Jorgensen at No.2 and Viktor Axelsen at No.6.
Peter Gade’s short term goal would be to lead France to a good showing at the 2016 European Championships, and to qualify the French players for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.