Lin Dan Retries: Lee Chong Wei and the Indian Twitterati pays tribute to the Chinese Legend

China’s two-time Olympic champion in Dan, arguably the greatest badminton player of all time, announced his retirement on Saturday aged 36.

It means that Lin, who won gold at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games, will not compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which were pushed back to next summer because of coronavirus.The end of Lin’s glorious career comes just over a year after the retirement of his great rival and friend, the Malaysian star Lee Chong Wei.

The Lin Dan retirement tweet was made official on China’s Weibo that quickly went viral. In the Lin Dan retirement message, Dan thanked his family, coaches, teammates and fans who supported him through his peak and difficult times. He said that he dedicated everything to this sport he loves.

Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei’s legendary rivalry saw the Chinese icon winning 28 of the 40 matches they he played against the Malaysian stalwart.

Lin and Lee played 22 finals, semi-finals 15 times, including twice in the final of the Olympic Games and World Championships, with Lin winning all the matches. The last time they met was in the 2018 All England Badminton Championship final which Lin won.

Fans pay tribute to Lin Dan retirement news: