Beijing: The two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lin Dan announced his retirement from badminton on Saturday after a 20-year professional career.
The 37-year-old five-time World champion confirmed the decision through his social media page, saying his body and injury could no longer allow him to compete at the highest level after struggling with lackluster results for much of the past two years.
Below is the translated version of his retirement announcement:
“From 2000 to 2020, it’s been 20 years, and I have to say goodbye to the national team. It’s something so hard to say.
In 2000, I was excited and proud to be the “Lin Dan of the Chinese Team”. My family, coaches, teammates, and fans have been by my side through all the ups and downs. Every jumping smash represented my desire for victory. After going through four Olympics, I have never thought about leaving, nor would I want to think about it. I have dedicated all my love to this sport. “Perseverance”, something I always told myself when I was facing failures or disappointments while also trying to prolong my career. Rather than simply pursuing the world rankings, I preferred to push the physical limits of an “old” athlete and display a real fighting spirit and never give up until the last race is run.
At 37 years old, my physical fitness and injury could no longer allow me to fight side by side with my teammates. I am having the feeling of gratefulness, unwillingness, and sometimes helpless. In the days to come, I hope to spend more time with my family, and I will also look for a new “arena”.
I would like to thank my country, my coaches, my family, and my fans. I would like to also thank all my opponents to help push me to become a better player. I also want to say to all of you who are chasing your dreams, always maintain the desire for achieving success, load the bow with an arrow, and let go!
Generations come and generations go, I look forward to hearing the national anthem constantly being played at medal ceremonies, and I look forward to the familiar and new faces on the podium. No one can stay young forever, but for sure, there are always young people, who are passionate and could forge ahead with courage …
Here is the Chinese version of his retirement announcement:
BadmintonPlanet.com would like to wish Lin Dan a wonderful retirement! You will be missed!