Sunday 22 July 2018

Olympian Scott Evans announces his retirement from international badminton

Scott Evans celebrating his historic win at the Rio Olympics
Scott Evans celebrating his historic win at the Rio Olympics
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland's Scott Evans has announced his retirement from international badminton.

The Dubliner became the first Irishman to qualify for an Olympic Games when he represented the country at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Evans first major career highlight came in 2012 when he won the Irish Open, after competing in the London Olympics earlier that year.

In 2016 he competed in his third Olympic Games in Rio and made history again when he became the first Irishman to win a badminton match at the Olympics, beating the highly regarded German Marc Zwiebler in the last set. The raw emotion and passion of this win was demonstrated in the now famous “Full Evans” celebration.

This win guaranteed him a spot in the last 16, making him the first ever Irish badminton player to advance to the business end of the tournament and he finished in a historic ninth place overall.

Speaking of his retirement Evans said: “The time is the right to retire after 14 years of full-time training and full-time participation on the world tour. I know what it takes to be a professional athlete every single day and what I need to do to be at my best and I don’t have the same desire as before. This hasn’t been an easy decision, but I feel it is the right one. Having the opportunity to finish my career while representing my country will be the best way to end this chapter.”

He added: “I am very grateful to Badminton Ireland, Sport Ireland, The Olympic Council of Ireland and Hegarty Financial Management  for giving me the opportunities to live my dream and be a professional badminton player for 14 years.  Without their support my journey wouldn’t have been possible.”

“I would like to sincerely thank my parents and brother who have been through the highest highs and when I have hit rock bottom. I would also like to thank Jim Laugesen who took me on at 17 years of age and still helps me to this day and to Camille, for all her support.”

The 30 year old is now looking to the future: “I am really passionate about the sport of Badminton and I have started to work on an exciting new collaborative project, the details of which will announced in coming months.”

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