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Loquette prepares for Paralympics at CoE
Date: 12/4/2020 3:42 PM
Published by : Alan Raftery
Meril Loquette, French SU5 player, arrives at the Centre of Excellence this month to put in some pre-Christmas training. 

Loquette is currently the world number six in his Sport Class in the Race to Tokyo ranking and will be joining top badminton players from all around Europe and beyond currently training at the centre in Holbæk, Denmark.
 
For badminton and Para badminton players, under current circumstances, consistent training blocks have been a challenge. Badminton Europe’s Development & High Performance Manager, Tania Teoh, is therefore delighted to see such a move from a top Para badminton player. 

-It is with great pleasure we welcome Loquette to the Centre of Excellence for the two weeks training stint. We hope this experience will be beneficial for his preparation. 

This is the first time Badminton Europe welcomes a French Para badminton player to the CoE from the French Badminton Federation.
 
-We are very certain that there will be more in the future, Tania Teoh adds. 

Anything is possible
Badminton Europe would like to extend their gratitude to Meril Loquette, his coaches and the French Badminton Federation for taking up the challenge and accepting this training invitation. 

Many players are benefitting from our Centre of Excellence being a training location very much open, while other nations have restrictions in place that makes training more difficult. Players are keen to get some preparation in before what is increasingly looking like a busy 2021. Players are able to safely travel, live and train at the CoE.

Adding more background surrounding the move, Tania Teoh explains. 

-The idea of inviting Para players to train at the CoE continued this year as we received positive feedback from the players and coaches who attended last year. The state-of-the-art training centre at the CoE is without a doubt a dream training location for players.

It has naturally been more of a challenge this year to bring players to the CoE due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but the situation is much more controlled at the moment. 

-We are delighted that we are able to bring Loquette on board. France is one of the strongest nations in Para badminton and to have this cooperation with the French Badminton Federation only means one thing – we want the best for the top Para players, Tania Teoh states triumphantly.

-We look forward to more cooperation with the top nations in the preparation towards the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. 

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