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Kate Foo Kune: In the future, Africa will have a good badminton culture
Date: 6/20/2020 9:58 AM
Published by : BEC staff

Centre of Excellence player, Kate Foo Kune, has done a lot to represent African badminton far and wide. She reflects now on what the future may hold for her and her continent. 

The All African Games gold medallist knows what it takes to be a professional badminton player coming from Africa. For Foo Kune, it has included a lot of travelling to different countries in the pursuit of her goals. Sharing what has been the biggest challenges in her career, she says. 

- Well, for sure it was the fact that I was behind in my badminton compared to others. I had much worse technique than others and no experience. It was a real challenge to move from where I was in my badminton to where I am now, but I am really grateful that all these hours paid off. The bottom line and most important lesson I took from this is that you can achieve whatever goals you set yourself if you are dedicated enough.

One of these big achievements for the Mauritian women’s singles player was representing her country at Rio 2016. Commenting on this she added. 

- It was the hardest year of my career trying to qualify for the games and I am really grateful I made it there.

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How much sacrifice it took 

Foo Kune, the four-time and reigning African Champion, discusses what being the number one player in a continent means to her.

- It means a lot. I have the record of the most women’s singles titles in Africa. I know how much work I put in every day, how much sacrifice it took and being the best player in Africa is the representation of all of that.

Having experienced the African badminton scene, winning medals in the Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria, South Africa, Botswana, Morocco, Uganda, Zambia and of course, Mauritius, Foo Kune is uniquely placed to comment on what the future will hold for African badminton.

- I hope that more players will get to the international level. I see many talents but there are not enough infrastructures, proper coaches, and funding over there. I hope that in the future Africa will have a good badminton culture.

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