Peter Gade to retire after 2012 London Olympics

13:59, May 29, 2011      

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World number five Peter Gade from Denmark said on Saturday that he will retire after the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Gade made the remarks after beatng Simon Santoso of Indonesia in the semifinal of the Sudirman Cup with 2-0.

"I feel tired today because I played all three matches to win counterpart from Chinese Taipei yesterday evening, but I managed to win on my experiences," the 35-year-old Gade said.

Gade won all four men's singles matches for Denmark.

"With one more point, we will meet China at the final in Sunday evening and it is a game I have dreamed of," Gade said. "And I will do my best to compete with Lin Dan at his home field."

"This is sure to be the last time that I play on the court of the Sudirman Cup, and I will retire after the 2012 London Olympics," he said.

Gade said he would like to become a professional badminton coach after the retirement and to take care of his family, especially his two daughters.

"I really missed my daughters these days and I am always wondering what they are doing at home." he said.

Starting to learn badminton when he was six, Peter Gade was ranked as world number one from 1998 to 2001 and won five European champions.

Source: Xinhua
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