VIDEO: Adcock confident Notts can prosper in NBL

Chris Adcock.
Chris Adcock.

Chris Adcock is adamant everything is right on track as he and wife Gabby look to seal qualification for next summer’s Olympic Games.

The pair are Britain’s number one ranked mixed doubles duo and had a strong run at this year’s World Championships in Indonesia where they reached the quarter-finals.

However, illness meant the pair were forced to withdraw ahead of their last-eight clash against Chinese duo Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin, but the Adcocks are still in a strong Olympic qualification position.

And Chris says that they are looking to build on their performances as they look to claim Britain’s first Olympic medal since Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson did so in 2004.

“It has been a very busy summer and now we are midway through the Olympic qualifications period,” Adcock said.

“So that has been our focus and it has been going really well.

“We have had no stress so far.

“Things have been going swimmingly, well on track to be at Rio, so I cannot complain at all.

“We were in really good shape building up to the World Championships we had two great results to get us to the quarter-finals.

“And then on the day of the last 16 I fell pretty ill, though I managed to finish the first game.

“Overnight I hoped I would get better but I completely deteriorated.

“I tried everything I could to get onto the court that day for the quarter finals that day as we did have a chance as a pair.

“It was devastating for the both of us, we did everything we could.

“If I could have gone out on court I would have but I literally could not get out of bed unfortunately.”

While illness at the World Championships was frustrating for Chris he believes it will serve as added motivation for the upcoming season.

There is also the small matter of the upcoming National Badminton League season also to contend with.

Chris, who is captain of University of Nottingham in the NBL, added: “It is very busy but Gabby and I have the European leg of the year.

“So we have a few weeks then we go to Denmark then France and then Germany, we have one week and then we have Hong Kong and China.

“From there on in it is non-stop until our last tournament which is before Christmas.

“It’s very busy but it is Olympic year so we kind of expected it.

“It has taken a while to recover physically and emotionally from the worlds but it is behind us now.

“I will use it as added motivation going towards next year.”

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