Lin Dan Has Officially Announced His Retirement From Badminton
For every aspiring Badminton player, Lin Dan has always been the source of their inspiration. The 36-year-old Chinese athlete has enjoyed 20 glorious years in the field of Badminton. However, Lin Dan has now officially announced his retirement from the sport.
The two-times Olympic gold medallist announced his retirement from International Badminton on Saturday (4/07/2020) via the social media site Weibo. Arguably the greatest Badminton player of all time, Lin Dan has finally hanged up his racquet aged 36.
The end of Lin Dan's glorious career comes just over a year after the retirement of his great rival and friend, the Malaysian Star Lee Chong Wei. The duo reigned Badminton for more than a decade and have only relinquished that hold in recent years as the powers wanted.
Will Lin Dan Compete At The Tokyo Olympics 2020?
No! Lin Dan won't compete at the Tokyo Olympics, which has been pushed ahead to Summer 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lin Dan, who won Gold at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 games, won't be a part of the Chinese National Team during the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
As week as the Olympic Golds, Lin was also a five-time world champion and long-time Wolrd Number 1. He earned the nickname 'Super Dan' at the peak of his career. However, the left-hander's career has tailed off in recent years as age and injuries took their toll. The two-time Olympic gold medallist said on Saturday that his body would not allow him to plow on in the unlikely pursuit of third game gold.