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.
We knew this day would arrive,
Heavy moment of our lives;
You pulled down the curtain gracefully,
You were king where we fought so proudly;
Your final wave all four disappear,
Within the hush of silent tear.#lindan pic.twitter.com/gLJdpPTkB9
— Lee Chong Wei (@LeeChongWei) July 4, 2020
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:
To the guy who made me fall in love with the sport of badminton. I remember watching Peter gade vs Lin Dan in the all England tournament of 2004 and be wowed by sheer pace and power.
— Karthik (@tharle_nan_maga) July 4, 2020
The BADMINTON🏸 World will miss You Sir.
Your Speed, Compassion, Agility, Strength, Spirit, Dedication, Energy, Focus, Wisdom, Coolness, and what not.
— DHRUV SINGLA (@BeingDhruv_com) July 4, 2020
— dishant chaturvedi (@dishant2810) July 4, 2020
— Amiet R. Kashyap (@Amitraaz) July 4, 2020
Lin dan, a two time Olympic champion, five-time World champion and six-time All England Champion.
— Shiefali🌸 (@Shiefali0309) July 4, 2020
No fifth Olympics. Chinese 37-year-old Lin Dan retires after 20 glory career years. Two-time Olympic Champion, Five-time World Champions, 66 men’s world singles titles in all. #Lindan #Badminton pic.twitter.com/gaKtj3gX3j
— Dylan (@CGTNDylanZhao) July 4, 2020