Bankier splits from Adcock

  • Last Updated: October 30 2012, 19:21 GMT

World Championship silver medallists Imogen Bankier and Chris Adcock will no longer compete together, it has been announced.

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Bankier has stated her intention to leave the Badminton England-run Great Britain Programme at Milton Keynes and return to the Badminton Scotland set-up in her native Glasgow.

That will bring the 24-year-old's successful - and initially controversial - partnership with Adcock to an end.

The Anglo-Scottish duo, then unfancied, shocked four seeded pairs during a brilliant run to the final of last year's World Championships at Wembley.

They went on to represent Britain in the London 2012 Olympic tournament at the same venue but were unable to repeat their previous success, crashing out at the group stage.

Their arrangement ends with them ranked 19th in the world - they had been as high as 10th - and after a run to the semi-finals of the French Open last week.

Bankier, 25 next month, felt ill at ease with the BE programme building towards Rio 2016 and also expressed a desire to form a new all-Scottish partnership ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Bankier, daughter of Celtic chairman Ian, said: "The environment and the new programme in Milton Keynes just weren't working out for me.

"I really benefited from my years in MK and I owe a lot to my coaches and to the EIS support team, but I don't believe that the Rio plan and the way it is being implemented will help me to improve as a player.

"Helping Scotland to achieve Commonwealth Games success is a major goal for me and I know that Badminton Scotland will do everything in their power to put the necessary support in place, not just for me, but for the whole team."

Adcock and Bankier only came together in the year prior to the 2011 World Championships after coaches made a decision to dissolve the former's partnership with his then girlfriend, now fiancee, Gabby White.

That led to reports that Adcock had ditched White to further his career but that was rubbished by all parties over what was a tactical change part influenced by injuries to various players.

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GB performance director Jens Grill said: "We have known for some time that Imogen was troubled by splitting her time between training in Milton Keynes with the rest of the squad and her home life in Glasgow.

"I am disappointed that she has reached this decision at a time when they (Adcock and Bankier) have, only this last weekend in Paris, recaptured the form that marked them out as a potential world-class mixed-doubles pair.

"The commitment to the World Class Programme places significant pressures on a player and I fully respect the decision Imogen has made.

"I would like to thank her for contribution to the GB programme and wish her every success in the next stage of her life.

"Now, quite understandably, we have to concentrate on those players within the GB programme and particularly in helping Chris achieve his goals."

Bankier is the third Scottish player in recent times to opt out of the BE set-up after Robert Blair and Susan Egelstaff. It did not prevent Egelstaff, who retired last week, from earning a place at London 2012.

Adcock, who is this week competing at the Bitburger Open in Saarbrucken with men's doubles partner Andrew Ellis, said: "I'd like to thank Imogen for helping me reach the level I have in the last 18 months.

"It's been a great experience playing with her and we had some great times together, winning that world silver medal and climbing into the world's top 10.

"I fully appreciate that she wants to play a big part in Scotland's build-up to the Commonwealth Games and I would like to wish her well in her quest for success at Glasgow 2014.

"Now I plan to focus on my men's doubles partnership with Andy before reviewing my mixed doubles options in time for the start of the 2013 Superseries programme."

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