1986, 1988 Uber Cup winner Lao Yujing dies at age 50

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Lao Yujing (middle left) and notable female badminton players such as Li Lingwei, and Han Aiping were part of the Chinese squad that lifted the 1988 Uber Cup.

Beijing: China’s retired women’s doubles players Lao Yujing, who was a member of the 1986, 1988 Uber Cup Championships team, passed away at age 50 two days ago in Guangzhou China.Lao Yujing (middle left) and notable female badminton players such as Li Lingwei, and Han Aiping were part of the Chinese squad that lifted the 1988 Uber Cup.

Lao won the bronze medal at the 1985 IBF World Championships in mixed doubles with Xinguang. At the China Open in 1987, she lost the final of the women’s doubles (5-15 and 2-15) with her teammate Wu Jianqiu to Lin Ying and Guan Weizhen.

After her retirement from the Chinese national team, Lao went back to her hometown in Guangzhou and dedicated her work in identifying, nurturing and developing young badminton talents in Guangzhou.The 1988 China Thomas Cup team that featured Yang Yang, Zhao Jianhua, Li Yongbo/Tian Bingyi and Xiong Guobao was one of the strongest team in Thomas Cup history.

When paying tribute to Lao, her former teammate Guan Weizhen said Lao was a very talented badminton player and had made huge contribution to the development of badminton in China. Her death was a huge loss to China’s badminton community.

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