Former men’s doubles World No. 1 Carsten Mogensen announces retirement

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Wish Carsten Mogensen a happy retirement! (photo: AFP)
Wish Carsten Mogensen a happy retirement! (photo: AFP)

Copenhagen: Denmark’s former World No. 1 men’s doubles badminton player Carsten Mogensen announced his retirement on Tuesday after a 19-year-long career that saw him win a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics with Mathias Boe, who had also retired from professional badminton on April 23, 2020.

The 36-year-old was forced to retire after claiming he couldn’t fit himself into the newly restructured Denmark men’s doubles department.

Denmark media has reported that Badminton Denmark is going to investing heavily in two young men’s doubles pairs, with a combination of young players and leadership from quality veterans.

Mads Pieler Kolding/Frederik Søgaard and Niclas Nøhr/Mathias Christiansen will be the next generation of men’s doubles pairs that would play for Denmark.

“Unfortunately, I don’t see how I can fit into the new system. I was hoping to play until 2024, but of course, I have to find a system that is suitable for me,” said Mogensen.

“On the other hand, I respect that Badminton Denmark has decided to focus on young players. It’s sad to have to leave, but I will continue to play in the Badminton League and spend time at my sporting equipment store. So, fortunately, I have plenty to do,” explained Mogensen.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped me throughout my career. It really means a lot to me,” added Mogensen.

Mogensen and Boe have won a total of 16 Superseries titles. However, Boe had teamed up with Mads Conrad-Petersen since last year and attempted to qualify for another Olympics.

The duo marked their final outing at the 2019 All-England with a 14-21, 16-21 defeat to Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda of Japan in the second round at the Arena Birmingham.

Mogensen suffered a ruptured aortic aneurysm in his brain in February 2016 and had to go through brain surgery to save his life.

Nevertheless, the pair pulled off one of the greatest career comebacks when they reached World No. 1 in June 2017. He was the third Denmark men’s doubles player to declare retirement in 2020 after Mathias Boe did it in April, Mads Conrad-Petersen retired in May, and now it’s Mogensen’s turn.

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