The 37-year-old who is regarded as one of badminton’s greatest single players has announced his retirement on Saturday.
Lin Dan has won almost all sports major titles including 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London) Olympic single title, and five world championships’ gold medals.
“I’ve dedicated everything to the sport I love. My family, coaches, team mates and fans have accompanied me through many happy times and difficult moments,” Chinese media quoted Lin Dan as saying in the retirement announcement.
“Now I’m 37 years old, and my physical fitness and pain no longer allow me to fight side by side with my team mates,” Lin added.
With this decision he has also suspended the hopes of playing in 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed to next summer because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.