Sports notes | Bjørn eyes 2016 Olympics

Danish golfer Thomas Bjørn has had a vision of him retiring. The 42-year-old told Berlingske that he would like to accomplish two goals before he retires: play in September 2014’s Ryder Club against the Americans at Gleneagles in Scotland and compete for Denmark at the Olympics in 2016. The latter is an event after which Bjorn said he could see himself hanging up his spikes afterwards. 


Bendtner at fat camp


Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner has hired a personal trainer in order to break into the Arsenal first-team. The 25-year-old, who wasn’t able to secure a move away from the Emirates during the transfer window, has returned to Denmark to work out at a boot camp. The goal for Bendtner, according to trainer Thomas Jorgensen, is a few less kilograms and an improved overall fitness. 


Nigerians eye national team


Riwan Hassan has been a solid fixture in the midfield for top-of-the-table FC Midtjylland, but could the 22-year-old Nigerian also feature for the Danish national team? According to a report in Bold, the Nigerian-born Hassan would be keen to join the red and whites if coach Morten Olsen came calling, and his teammates and fellow Nigerians, Sylvester Igboun and Izunna Uzochukwu, could also be persuaded.


Injuries hit key defenders


Danish defender Jones Okore suffered a serious knee injury in Aston Villa’s 2-1 loss to Newcastle United last Saturday. An MRI confirmed the 20-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the next nine months. This comes on top of the news that fullback Daniel Agger picked up a rib injury in a weights room accident that has Liverpool unsure of the vice-captain’s return date.


Break (for) dancing


Mie Skov, a top female table tennis player, is taking a break from the sport according to Berlingske. Citing mental fatigue, the 27-year-old – who is competing in this autumn’s ‘Vild med dans’ – said she hasn’t retired from international competition, but wants to pursue other options. Denmark is preparing for the upcoming European Championships, which begin on October 4 in Austria.


England elated with Eriksen


New Tottenham Hotspur player Christian Eriksen impressed in his debut at White Hart Lane last weekend, setting up both goals in Spurs’ 2-0 win over Norwich City. The 21-year-old Danish midfielder won acclaim from all corners of the English press. His own coach, Andre Villas-Boas, compared the young Dane to another former Ajax player, Wesley Sneijder.