Copenhagen: After suffering a ruptured aortic aneurysms in his brain, and went through a brain surgery during the European Team Championship in Russia in February, no one ever thought Carsten Mogensen would able to come back and compete at the highest level of badminton.
Defying all odds, four months after his life threatening illness, Mogensen making the impossible, possible by reaching the Indonesia Open men’s doubles second round two weeks ago together with his men’s doubles partner Mathias Boe. But, their Olympic hopes were still in doubt because Badminton Association of Denmark (BAD) were still deciding whether to send World No. 9 Carsten Mogensen/Mathias Boe or World No. 8 Mads Pieler Kolding/Mads Conrad-Pedersen to compete in the Rio men’s doubles event.
Their worries of the Olympic selection have finally cleared up on Tuesday when Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF) confirmed that Mogensen/Boe have been selected as the only Danish men’s pair in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“It has obviously been a tough few months for me, but I have received strong support from coaches, my family and many more. I am extremely pleased and proud of my current condition,” said Mogensen in a statement.
“After the surgery, the first thing I told my family was I would be back. I will decide when I would retire from badminton, and it wasn’t the right time yet. Mathias and I were not satisfied with where we were, and we would like to win more medals,” added Mogensen.
“Now we are ready to give everything we have in our preparation for the Olympics,” said Carsten Mogensen.
BAD explained the reason why they have taken so long before reaching the decision to send Carsten Mogensen/Mathias Boe to Olympic was because they wanted to make sure Mogensen could cope with the highest level of competition after such a serious illness.
“We saw Mogensen was able to deliver at a very high performance level in Jakarta, and we believed he and Mathias Boe would be strong medal contenders at the Olympics. Mogensen also was able to handle all kinds of situations very well,” said Finn Trærup, Director of Elite Sport at Badminton Association of Denmark.