Adcock eyes Rio

Chris Adcock talks about his London experience, changing line-ups and his Rio ambitions.

By Emma Bird.   Last Updated: 14/12/12 11:46am

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Following Imogen Bankier's recent departure from the Great Britain Badminton Programme, her mixed doubles partner Chris Adcock remains optimistic about what lies ahead on the road to Rio.

The World Championship silver medallists failed to advance to the Olympic knockout stages this summer and Bankier has since stated her intention to leave the Badminton England set-up in Milton Keynes. She will instead return to the Badminton Scotland organisation in Glasgow.

Despite Bankier's exit, Adcock continues to be positive about the situation and is excited by the future as the next Olympic cycle begins.

"It is all about making sure what happened in London doesn't happen again."

He told "It is really positive. We sat down and had some discussions after the Olympics and Imogen made it clear to us that she was struggling throughout the year with being away from home a lot.

"We looked at the targets, and with a four year cycle that's quite a long time, so we were planning with the coaches about what the next steps are and we now have some really good plans in place."

Regardless of the result at Wembley Arena over the summer, the 23-year-old exudes excitement at what the 2012 Games meant to him.

"I have certainly learnt a lot over the last few years, and it was my first Olympics, so I got some great experience that hopefully I can take forward," he added.

"The results in London weren't what we wanted but sometimes that happens, that's life, but I am lucky enough to be able to hopefully have another chance of two, maybe even three, Olympics.

"Going to the Olympics, a home Olympics, was once-in-a-lifetime and what I achieved to get there- getting to the Games was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done- so I am hoping it is only the start and we can work together, whoever I am playing with, to get there and get past where I've got to so far."


The Leicester-born athlete, who will not know his next pairing until the official announcements regarding playing line-ups are made, is happy to concentrate on his men's doubles progress with Andy Ellis.

He added: "I am playing men's doubles with Andy at the minute and we are putting in some really good performances. We are focusing on that as a pair and focus on myself in training so that when I do get put into a new partnership, I am more than ready to go straight in."

With recent news about Badminton England planning a move to a new £20million training base and headquarters in the Buckinghamshire town, Adcock is enthusiastic about what it could mean for the future of British badminton.

"I have had a brief look at the plans and it looks like it would be a spectacular venue and a great home for badminton," he said. "We are lucky enough to have a good facility at the minute but if they can improve that and make it more of an arena performance-wise, then that would be brilliant."

Aiming to provide a successful legacy, the London 2012 Olympics were always about 'inspiring a generation.' The GB player believes that the sport is heading in the right direction, saying: "Together with Badminton England and UK Sport, if we can get that new centre up and running and get more people enjoying and playing badminton then it can only be good for the sport.

"I think the Olympics as a whole produced a great legacy but if we can get just a few more people picking up a racquet, renting a court and going to play, then our job is done."

So with the Rio plans having already been submitted to UK Sport, Adcock is aiming to ensure the next four year's culminate in a much more successful way than his first Olympic experience.

He added: "For us as players, it is just to make sure we are doing everything we can to get ourselves better, making sure that when we enter the next Olympics we are in a position to medal and to be favourites for a medal.

"As athletes we need to fully focus on performance, making sure we make the most of every second on court so that we can put ourselves in the best position possible.

"It is all about making sure what happened in London doesn't happen again."

With a positive attitude and sturdy determination, it seems that Adcock and the other British players have a realistic shot at bringing home more than just memories when they leave Rio in 2016.

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