Taipei, Feb. 4 Most of China’s top badminton players will compete at the annual Badminton Asian Championships being held in Taipei this year in April, the secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Badminton Association said Monday.
Lin Dan, the men’s singles gold medalist at last year’s Olympic Games in London, and women’s singles gold medalist Li Xuerui will lead the Chinese team, said Tsai Hung-peng.
Li is currently the top ranked women’s singles player in the world, while Lin, currently ranked 14th in men’s singles, also won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Other top name Chinese players scheduled to compete are Chen Jin, the men’s singles gold medalist at the 2010 World Championships, Wang Yihan, the women’s singles silver medalist in London, and Zhao Yunlei and Tian Qing, the world’s top-ranked women’s doubles team, Tsai said.
The 2013 Asian Championships will take place at Taipei Arena April 16-21.
The only gold medalists not expected to compete in the championships in Taipei are the Chinese men’s doubles duo of Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun, Tsai said.
Top-ranked men’s singles player Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is also scheduled to participate, and Tsai said it will probably be the last time local badminton fans can see both Lee and Lin Dan in a tournament in Taiwan.
The Asian Championships have been held in China the past two years and in India in 2010.
The last time a full contingent of China’s top badminton players competed in Taiwan was in 2006 when they played in the Chinese Taipei Open.