Copenhagen, October 31: Danish player Peter Gade has brought down the curtain on his prolific career happy in the knowledge badminton is in the hands of several promising young compatriots.
Peter battled, seemingly single-handedly at times, to hold back the tide of Asian dominance for over a decade and the five-times European champion and former world number one said he was at peace with how his career came to a close.
“It was a great battle and the right way to finish. Instead of losing to an unknown, I lost to Jan, and I’m fine with that. The baton is hereby passed,” the 35-year-old told reporters at the Paris Open last week.
Gade, who topped the world rankings from 1998 to 2001 before a brief return to number one in 2006, lost in the quarter-finals to compatriot Jan Jorgensen but stayed in Paris where he was honoured by tournament organisers at Sunday’s final.
He will make one final appearance in front of his home crowd when he takes on Olympic champion Lin Dan in Copenhagen in December as a curtain-raiser for the Danish Masters tournament. National team coach Lars Uhre believes the country’s future is secure in the hands of its young players.