Badminton’s Paralympic Games debut proved extremely successful and memorable. Here’s a selection of more great quotes to come out of the Yoyogi National Stadium from five days of action.
“I messaged him on how to overcome the nerves and pressure on court. He shared a lot of advice. I want to thank him, he told me to enjoy myself and release whatever I can in the Paralympic Village.”
Men’s singles SU5 champion Cheah Liek Hou on help from three-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei.
“The medal is heavier than I thought. I’m very happy and I want everyone to wear it.”
Ayako Suzuki after receiving her women’s singles SU5 silver medal.
“One of the things I wanted to focus on the most was to make the Japanese people feel Para badminton is a fun, interesting sport, and I think I did that.”
WH1 star Sarina Satomi after becoming Japan’s first Paralympic gold medallist in badminton.
“This particular moment I’d like to dedicate to my wife because she encouraged me to take my anger out on the court. The medal is for my country and the match is for my wife.”
Manoj Sarkar remembers his wife after winning the men’s singles SL3 bronze.
“It’s a team effort. I wouldn’t be on court without the Team GB Para badminton squad, so it’s just as much their medal as it is mine.”
Daniel Bethell dedicates his men’s singles SL3 silver to his team.
“I had a fever, and took a pill, and everything felt worse. I don’t know if an opportunity like this will come again in life but if I’d choose good health over an opportunity to get gold medal.”
Lee Sam Seop on why he retired in the men’s singles WH1 final.
“With a full-time job and my children, I didn’t have much time for training, so I gave up a full-time job. I want to be a cool mother, I think I’ve achieved it.”
Yuma Yamazaki after winning the women’s singles WH2 bronze.
“He’s always been my idol and I try to model myself after him. He sent me a few videos of well wishes through some journalists. I’m so happy Lin Dan remembers me. I took a photo with him in Switzerland (at World Championships 2019).”
Men’s singles WH1 gold medallist Qu Zimo on what badminton superstar Lin Dan did for him.
“I felt so, so, so, so nervous in the first game because if I lost then I get nothing from these Paralympics. But in the middle, I told myself to believe in myself, my name is Chan Ho Yuen.”
Ho Yuen Chan after winning the men’s singles WH2 bronze medal playoff against Kim Kyung Hoon.
“Today, I was present, today I was the best and today I’m the Paralympic champion.”
Lucas Mazur after winning the men’s singles SL4 gold.
“If it’s out of 10, I can only give myself three points. I’ve done a lot of things too poorly.”
WH1-2 player Yin Menglu is not satisfied with her women’s doubles silver at Tokyo 2020.
“I’m looking at a silver, feeling like it’s a gold.”
Man Kai Chu sums up beautifully what his men’s singles SH6 medal means.
“It’s what I’ve been training for. I’ve dedicated my life to it and to be able to come away with a Paralympic medal is a dream come true.”
Men’s singles SH6 bronze medallist Krysten Coombs.
“When I first heard there will be a Paralympics in Japan and there was going to be badminton, I felt I had to be there and I had to leave with a medal. So I worked as hard as possible to make that dream come true.”
Hiroshi Murayama after winning the WH1-2 men’s doubles bronze.
“It’s a nice story because he pushed me to come here, to go to international competitions. I’m so happy to share a medal with him.”
SL3-SU5 silver medallist Faustine Noelon mixed doubles partner Mazur getting her into the sport.