English mixed doubles pair Chris and Gabby Adcock have announced their retirement, Badminton England confirmed.

The duo, who are also husband and wife, have been out of action since January 2021 after Gabby Adcock tested positive for Covid-19, which left her with some long term side effects.

The retirement comes after they failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, falling behind their teammates Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith.

Chris is 32, and Gabby is 30.

Gabby said, “What an unreal journey the past 15 years have been! I feel incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to be able to do what I love for so long.  

“I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved, and the life lessons badminton has taught me along the way.  

“I’ve been fortunate to travel the world making many friends along the way. I will forever cherish the magical moments like standing on the podium alongside my husband and celebrating with our team.”

Chris and Gabby have won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games twice (2014 and 2018). They also won the silver medal at the European Games in Minsk (2019).

Chris said, “Badminton has given both Gabby & myself so much. We have so many amazing memories, experienced some unbelievable experiences & met so many incredible people along the way. All this while travelling the world together.  

“The feeling of competing at the very peak of the world level was always my dream and happily we got to do that for an amazing 10 years. The moments standing on the podium with a gold medal around your neck is undoubtedly a feeling I never forgot and will always look back on them with pride.”

“I’m super excited about the next chapter in our lives and everything it brings,” he added. 

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