Updated: July 4, 2020 4:33:46 pm
China’s two-time Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan, one of the sport’s greatest singles players, announced his retirement on Saturday.The 37-year-old, who won the Olympics singles titles in Beijing in 2008 and the 2012 London Games, has won all the sport’s major titles, including five world championships’ gold medals.
“I’ve dedicated everything to the sport I love. My family, coaches, team mates and fans have accompanied me through many happy times and difficult moments,” Chinese media quoted Lin Dan as saying in the retirement announcement.
“Now I’m 37 years old, and my physical fitness and pain no longer allow me to fight side by side with my team mates,” Lin added.
I remember playing my first-ever super series final against him. Playing him in China itself was special and he has been one of my favourite players to play against.
Have a happy retired life my friend, Lin Dan! ?? pic.twitter.com/mlGmi2fPzd
— Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) July 4, 2020
The Chinese legend, who had something of a “bad boy” reputation during his younger days ends with 666 singles wins and a glut of medals.
With Reuters inputs
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