BEIJING (July 4): China's two-time Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan on Saturday has announced his retirement in a social media post on Saturday (July 4), thanking his family and fans in the process.
The announcement means that Lin, who took golds at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games, will not be competing in the next Olympics in Tokyo which was postponed this July to next July in 2021.
Nicknamed "Super Dan" by world badminton fans, the Chinese badminton great said it was time to end his 20-year stint with the national team.
"From 2000 to 2020, after 20 years, I have to say goodbye to the national team. It is very difficult to say it out," the two-time Olympic gold medalist said on Weibo, China's twitter-like social media.
"My physical capabilities and injuries won't let me fight with my teammates anymore," added the 37-year-old Lin, also a five-time winner at the World Badminton Championships..
According to Chinese Badminton Association, Lin Dan submitted a formal retirement letter a few days ago.
Taking into consideration Lin's personal preference and his current situation, the Chinese badminton national team agreed to his retirement.
Widely regarded as the greatest badminton player of all time, Lin had by the age of 28 completed the "Super Grand Slam", having won all nine major titles in the badminton world: Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Super Series Masters Finals, All England Open, Asian Games, and Asian Championships.
He became the first and, so far, the only player to achieve this feat.
He also became the first men's singles player to retain the Olympic gold medal by winning in 2008 and defending his title in 2012. Winning the Malaysian Open in 2017 marked Lin's success in taking every major title in world badminton
His matches-victory margin is considered to be among the very best. In his career, Lin has won 666 singles matches and lost only 128.
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