China’s two-time Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan has announced his retirement in a social media post on Saturday.
The announcement means that Lin will not be competing in the next Olympics in Tokyo. The 37-year-old, who won the Olympics singles titles in Beijing in 2008 and the 2012 London Games, has won all the sport’s major titles, including five 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.
Lin Dan’s victory in the 2012 Olympics men’s singles final has gone down in the annals as an all-time classic. Lin beat Lee Chong…