11. Oct, 2017

Nathan Robertson & Gail Emms during Beijing Olympics 2008

Emms was shocked late last year when badminton’s funding was slashed from £5.9m to nothing. “I thought it was a joke at first because I was on the [national badminton] board and we had no warning to say: ‘Listen, it’s not looking good, just be prepared.’ Instead [UK Sport] were like, ‘it will be fine’. To go from £5.9m to zero after we had won an unexpected medal at the Rio Olympics seemed totally wrong.

'' I knew where I stood in the badminton world rankings but I don’t know where I rate in real life''.
Gail Emms