Badminton Europe: 'Marin: Hoping to revolutionise badminton in Spain'
via Badminton Europe | 9 juli 2013, 13:45 uur | 280 views
With its wealth of talent in various sports – best exemplified by Rafael Nadal and the soccer World Cup-winning football team – Spain can lay claim to be the sporting superpower of the world.
Badminton, though, is another matter as the country did not have a tradition of producing top-level players.
However, in recent years, the emergence of Pablo Abian and, more recently, Carolina Marin have made badminton fans sit up and take notice. While Abian has given a good account of his abilities over the last three years and rose to a career-high No.20 in the world rankings, Marin is an emerging new talent who has excelled in the junior circuit and is now making ripples in the senior category as well.
The 20-year-old left-hander from Huelva, who won the Best European Young Player Of The Year Award in 2012, acknowledged that the Olympics helped to get badminton some extra mileage in her country. “Badminton in Spain is not so popular but people who like badminton really appreciate that there were two players from the country who played at the Olympic Games,” said Marin in an interview. “Badminton in my town (Huelva) is not so popular but now badminton is being played at schools and people can know more about that sport.”
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