Lin Dan, arguably the greatest badminton player of the 21st century, has announced his retirement from the sport. Lin, who won two Olympic golds and five World titles, dominated men’s singles badminton for about a decade along with Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.
“I’ve dedicated everything to the sport I love,” Lin said in a post on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. “My family, coaches, teammates and fans have accompanied me through many happy times and difficult moments.”
Lin had been eyeing a third Olympic gold in Tokyo, to accompany the golds he won in 2008 and 2012. “Now I’m 37 years old, and my physical fitness and pain no longer allow me to fight side by side with my teammates,” he said.
Lin was at his best in the big matches and was the kind of player who saved his best for the biggest moments. In an eight year period