Robert Mann from Luxembourg (Credit: Mark Phelan)
"My big goal is to qualify for the Olympics"
Date: 6/20/2019 3:08 PM
Published by : Annika Langrock
In only four days, badminton will be getting underway at the European Games. Robert Mann from Luxembourg is looking forward to participating in his first multi-sports event. 

Competing in the Men’s Singles, Robert Mann is qualified for Minsk. He completed the ranking period as number 175 in the world. 

Robert, what was your reaction when you qualified for the European Games?

Mann: The qualifying for European Games was an important milestone in my athletic career. I was satisfied, when I saw my name on the final list. It was exciting to conclude that, there were a few other players who had a similar ranking position, but luckily, I still managed to qualify.

What do you expect from the atmosphere in Minsk?

Mann: I was told that the European Games are comparable to the Olympics, in terms of the atmosphere. So, I can only look forward to it.

To what extent are the European Games relevant to you, when it comes to the Olympics next year?

Mann: My big goal is to qualify for the Olympics. The European Games will help me duly in my preparation for it. I will enjoy the experience and learn as much as possible from it.

You will be the first player to represent Luxembourg at the biggest multi-sports event in Europe. What does that mean to you?

Mann: I am really looking forward to it, but I also hope that from now on we can register more players. We had, and still have, players in Luxembourg, who have the level to take part in such tournaments. 

What are your goals for the tournament?

Mann: I just want to be satisfied with my performance.
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