Badminton: Former Olympic champion Larsen shares experience with local shuttlers

Former Olympic badminton champion and current Badminton World Federation president Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen was in Singapore on Monday to share his experiences with the national team on his journey to the pinnacle of the sport.

The 49-year-old Dane is the first guest of the Singapore Badminton Association's (SBA) "Distinguished Visitors' Programme" that was announced in January this year.

The initiative is designed to help local players meet some of the biggest names in the game and gain insights from them.

Larsen, who also won the prestigious All-England Championships twice in 1995 and 1996 to go with his men's singles gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, spent an hour in a dialogue session with about 40 national and youth shuttlers at the Singapore Sports Institute.

He answered questions about his training regime, balancing college studies and the sport, his motivations as a badminton player and described some of the highest and lowest points of his career.

Said SBA chief executive Ronnie Lim: "It's a privilege to have Poul-Erik here with us to share some of his experiences and I hope our players will have learnt something invaluable from this session."