KUALA LUMPUR: Retired badminton terrific Lee Chong Wei has stated it will be challenging for arch-rival Lin Dan to receive the Olympics due to hard competitors from more youthful Chinese gamers.
China’s Lin is hoping contend in a 5th straight Olympics in Tokyo next year, but he will be 37 when the coronavirus-delayed Games occur.
The two-time Olympic champion is currently ranked just 19 th, behind two of his compatriots. A country can only send out two gamers to complete in Olympic songs, provided they remain in the top 16.
” I believe it will be reasonably tough if (Lin) wishes to participate in the Olympics, due to the fact that just two individuals from the Chinese group can take part,” Malaysian gamer Lee, 37, told a news website recently.
” If he actually wishes to participate in the Olympics, he needs to be in the leading two to go.”
” Badminton has to do with age. When you have actually aged, it is truly harder to contend against younger professional athletes,” he added.
Lin, called “Super Dan”, said just recently he has not quit on receiving the Olympics.
But China’s Chen Long, 31, is ranked 5th while compatriot Shi Yuqi, 24, is ninth, putting them in a stronger position.
Lin won gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics – beating bane Lee both times in the last – but has faded from his former glories.
Lee and Lin’s rivalry is thought about the greatest in badminton history and they played each other 40 times over more than a years.
However Lin, typically considered the very best ever shuttler, won 28 of their face-offs and Lee retired in 2015 after a cancer battle without thriving in the Olympic or world championship finals.
Lee likewise anticipated that when Lin retires, the pair – who remain close friends – may sign up with forces for promotional work.
” After he retires, I think we can still see how we wish to interact to promote badminton,” he stated.