Beijing: Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan who caused a 25-minute delay playing for his club Qingdao Renzhou against Zhejiang’s Huang Yuxiang on Thursday, because Lin was carrying a badminton racquet bag that has the YONEX logo printed on it, while the league only allowed players to use logos by main sponsor Li Ning.
Although Lin was eventually permitted to play, and defeated Huang Yuxiang in straight-sets, the live television broadcast of that match was cancelled and his club – Qingdao has been hit with hefty fine of $120,000 RMB for not following the league’s guideline and was issued a warning.
On Saturday, Lin Dan made his second appearance for the Qingdao team to take on Xiamen team’s Zhao Junpeng. This time, Lin was walking on to the court without any racquet bag and was carrying 5 racquets in his own hand. Lin continued his superb form and was able to secure a point for his Qingdao by outlasting Zhao 2-0.
After the match, Lin couldn’t hold himself back anymore by posting another unhappy message about the China Badminton Super League on his personal social media page.
“The China Badminton Super League was trying to safeguard its own interest to fine us $12k yuan due to a delayed game, but who would stand up for the players’ rights when Guangzhou Yueyu badminton club has owed us unpaid wages for one year.”
Lin Dan was owed 4 million yuan and six other professionals playing for Guangzhou Yueyu Badminton Club during the 2016-2017 season had yet to receive the payment from the club.
The five-time World Champion also reiterated that he would like to continue playing at the highest level in the years to come probably until 2020 Tokyo Olympics so that his son could see him in action.