China's ace shuttler Lin Dan announces retirement
New Delhi| Jagran Sports Desk: China's ace shuttler, Lin Dan, who clinched gold twice for his country at the Beijing and London Olympics, and several other prestigious events, bid adieu to the sport on Saturday, July 4. Dan took Chinese twitter, Weibo to make the official announcement that he won't be returning to the court now and thanked his family, friends and fans for the constant support.
Dan said, after 20 years of serving the nation, he has to say goodbye to the national team. Sharing his emotions, the Badminton top seed added "it is very difficult to speak it out" that he won't play anymore.
The 36-year-old was called Super Dan, like a superman, by his fans across the world, for his super energetic and incredible performances. But now he won't be playing anymore and China's national team will surely miss him in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics that have been scheduled to be held this year.
Soon after Lin made his decision public, the Chinese Badminton Association said that he had submitted a request for the formal retirement last week, reasoning personal preference and his current situation which now has been accepted.
The Chinese media quoted Lin Dan stating, "I’ve dedicated everything to the sport I love. My family, coaches, teammates and fans have accompanied me through many happy times and difficult moments.”
"Now I’m (nearly) 37 years old, and my physical fitness and pain no longer allow me to fight side by side with my teammates,” he added.
The left hand shuttler, arguably, was the greatest badminton star for China who won 5 gold at the world level between 2006 and 2013 and bagged six All England crowns. He also proved himself as a key player at the Thomas Cup men’s team event and won 5 titles in the mixed Sudirman Cup.
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