BRITS END CONTRACT WITH OLYMPIC BADMINTON MANAGER
by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by YANG YANG Badminton Equiment)
November 26, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - The British Olympic Association and
Andy Goode, the sometimes controversial manager of the British badminton
team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, have parted ways with the BOA
deciding not to extend Goode's contract.
Goode was the manager of the unsuccessful British badminton effort at the
Olympic Games in Atlanta. The British went to Atlanta with such high hopes
for a medal in the mixed doubles as well as in the women's doubles. They were
fielding the then second-best mixed doubles pair in the world, Simon Archer
and Julie Bradbury, amd a top-rated women's doubles pair, Bradbury and
Unfortunately for the British and Andy Goode, Julie Bradbury fell ill just
before the Olympic Games started and was not fully recovered during the
competition. Archer and Bradbury were eliminated in the early rounds, well
out of medal contention. So were Joanne Wright and Bradbury.
Andy Goode, former English international in badminton, had been appointed
British Olympic badminton manager amid a minor controversy. Goode was at
that time engaged to marry Joanne Wright, a key member of the British team
(They have since gotten married). British badminton observers questioned his
ability to act impartially and worried about the impact on team morale,
given his very close relationship with Miss Wright.
Goode also raised some eyebrows with his selection of the Welsh player
Kelly Morgan to the British team and his support of her during the Olympic
qualifying process over then higher-rated English and Scottish players.
The biggest controversy during Goode's tenure occurred during the Thomas
and Uber Cup Finals, badminton's most prestigious international event, in
Hong Kong in May. Three of the English players, Archer, Bradbury and Wright,
opted, against the wishes of the English badminton association but with
Goode's public support, not to play for England and instead save their
efforts for a medal attempt at Atlanta. This move earned a stern reprimand
from the International Badminton Federation, and, needless to say, did not
gain Britain an Olympic medal.
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