Kunshan: Denmark shuttlers will be looking forward to stamp down their authority in the Badminton events at the 2016 Summer Olympics after their historic Thomas Cup victory on Sunday.
Viktor Axelsen of Denmark kisses the trophy during the Thomas Cup awards ceremony. (photo: AFP)Viktor Axelsen of Denmark kisses the trophy during the Thomas Cup awards ceremony. (photo: AFP)
Denmark's World No. 4 men's shuttler Viktor Axelsen has expressed strong interest that he wants his shot at Olympic glory.
"I am confident the Denmark players will prove themselves in the Olympics," said Axelsen.
"I believe I can go far in the Olympics because if you don’t believe in yourself then it won’t happen," added Axelsen.
Axelsen’s Thomas Cup performance has attracted attention from China’s Chief Badminton coach, Li Yongbo. Li has named Axelsen and his team-mate Jan O Jorgensen as major threats to China’s men's singles players at the Olympics this summer.
"Now, the competition in Rio is fierce because many players could win the Olympics," said Li.
"I guess I might have a good chance if Li Yongbo went out there to say something about me," said Axelsen in response to Li’s comment.
The current President of the Badminton World Federation and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic badminton champion Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen even predicted Axelsen could emerge into a badminton superstar in the near future.
"Axelsen has potential to be the World No. 1 player especially when Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei ease into retirement by gradually cutting back from their participation in tournaments after the Olympics."