PETALING JAYA: The world of badminton lost one of their biggest stars to grace the sport with the retirement of five-time world champion and two-time Olympics gold medallist Lin Dan (pic) of China.
The 36-year-old shuttler announced his retirement from the Chinese national team on social media platform Weibo on Saturday (July 4).
"From 2000 to 2020, after 20 years, I have to say goodbye to the national team. It is very difficult to speak it out," said the left-handed shuttler.
Lin Dan is one of the most successful players ever on the international circuit where he was unstoppable at the world championships, winning five times from 2006 to 2013.
He twice stopped Malaysia's badminton legend Datuk Lee Chong Wei in the final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.
His glorious national team career also included six Thomas Cup triumphs and five Asian Games victories from 2006 to 2018.
A Chinese Badminton Association official said Lin Dan had submitted a formal retirement application a few days ago.
"Taking into consideration Lin's personal preference and his current situation, the Chinese badminton national team agreed to Lin's retirement," a Chinese badminton association official was quoted as saying on the Xinhua news agency.
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