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Denmark' s Peter Gade considering career as badminton coach

12-29-2011 10:03 BJT

COPENHAGEN, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Former men' s world champion badminton player Peter Gade of Denmark wants to be a badminton coach when his professional career stops in 2012, he said here late Tuesday.

"The trainer role is close to my heart. My career will end soon, and there have been other things under consideration, but I have always had the feeling that I would be a coach in one or another context," Gade told DR News, Denmark' s public broadcaster.

Gade, 35, has officially said he will end his playing career following the Olympics in London, in summer 2012.

However, he told DR News Tuesday that he would rather stop in front of a home crowd at the Copenhagen Masters in December next year.

What happens after that is unclear, as Gade considers roles as national-level coach, as someone who develops new badminton talent, or as something completely different in the world of badminton coaching.

"I love working with people, influencing them on a mental level and working to the limits of both parties involved," Gade said.

"It is something I have done in my career, and it could be fun to be on the other side too," he added, referring to the role of coach.

The role will not be entirely new to Gade, who has had some coaching experience during his playing career. But whatever the final decision, he is convinced he will remain in Denmark for family reasons.

"There are many considerations to be made, so it is not so simple," Gade said. "I will review the possibilities that exist, and will wait to see what I end-up with. I am open to most possibilities, but I will not travel too much out of consideration for my family," he told DR News.

Currently ranked world number four (men' s singles) by the Badminton World Federation, Gade previously topped the rankings from 1998-2001.

His career includes an All-England title, five European Championship crowns and 24 Grand Prix titles. He was named Danish National Champion 10 times between 2000 and 2011.

Gade is favorite to win the Copenhagen Masters 2011, which got underway Tuesday, where he is seeking his eleventh tournament title.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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