Badminton legend Lin Dan introduced his retirement from the sport on Saturday which led to an outpouring of tributes for the famous person Chinese athlete, together with his best rival Lee Chong Wei being certainly one of the first to want him on social media.
Lin Dan made the resolution to bid adieu to badminton citing his deteriorating bodily health as the main cause behind him quitting the sport.
The 37-year-old, who received the Olympics singles titles in Beijing in 2008 and the 2012 London Games, has received all the 9 main titles in the sport, together with 5 world championships’ gold medals.
“I’ve dedicated everything to the sport I love. My family, coaches, team mates and fans have accompanied me through many happy times and difficult moments,” Chinese media quoted Lin Dan as saying in the retirement announcement.
“Now I’m 37 years old, and my physical fitness and pain no longer allow me to fight side by side with my team mates,” Lin added.
Malaysian badminton nice Lee Chong Wei, who retired from the sport final yr in June on account of well being causes, hailed Lin Dan on his superb profession which began when he turned skilled in 2001.
“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,” Lee Chong Wei tweeted.
We knew at the present time would arrive,
Heavy second of our lives;
You pulled down the curtain gracefully,
You had been king the place we fought so proudly;
Your remaining wave all 4 disappear,
Within the hush of silent tear.#lindan pic.twitter.com/gLJdpPTkB9
— Lee Chong Wei (@LeeChongWei) July 4, 2020
Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei’s legendary rivalry noticed the Chinese icon successful 28 of the 40 matches they he performed towards the Malaysian stalwart.
Lin and Lee performed 22 finals, semi-finals 15 instances, together with twice in the remaining of the Olympic Games and World Championships, with Lin successful all the matches. The final time they met was in the 2018 All England Badminton Championship remaining which Lin received.