Asan: Not long after South Korea ace and World No. 1 men’s doubles player Lee Yong-dae retired from the Korean national team following his victory at the Korea Open, Lee has returned to badminton court once again.
Lee and another Korean badminton doubles specialist Kim Gi Jung represented Busan to compete at the 97th National Sports Festival in Asan, South Chungcheong Province on Sunday. Lee proved that he was still one of the greatest men’s doubles players in the world at the tournament by beating the 2014 men’s doubles world champions Ko Sung Hyun/Shin Baek-cheol 21-13, 21-16 to claim the men’s doubles title.
Following the 97th National Sports Festival, Lee will complete his 4-week basic military training in Gwangju City in November. Lee was exempted from the military duty thanks to the mixed doubles gold medal he won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Although he has retired from the Korea national team, Lee will still be playing in overseas leagues as an individual player.
“I will always give my best on badminton court, and I will play badminton until I am 35 years old,” said Lee.
As for his men’s doubles partner, Yoo Yeon Seong, he will be playing in mixed doubles with Chang Ye-na at the French Open that will be held from 10/25/2016 to 10/30/2016.