KUALA LUMPUR: Retired badminton terrific Lee Chong Wei has stated it will be tough for arch-rival Lin Dan to qualify for the Olympics due to difficult competition from younger Chinese players.
China’s Lin is hoping compete in a fifth straight Olympics in Tokyo next year, but he will be 37 when the coronavirus-delayed Games come around.
The two-time Olympic champion is presently ranked just 19 th, behind 2 of his compatriots. A nation can just send out 2 players to compete in Olympic songs, provided they are in the top 16.
” I think it will be relatively difficult if (Lin) wishes to take part in the Olympics, due to the fact that only 2 individuals from the Chinese team can participate,” Lee, 37, informed a news website recently.
” If he truly wants to participate in the Olympics, he has to be in the top 2 to go.”
” Badminton is about age. When you have gotten older, it is actually harder to contend against younger professional athletes,” he added.
Lin, known as “Super Dan”, stated just recently he has actually not given up 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 actually faded from his previous glories.
Lee and Lin’s competition is considered the greatest in badminton history and they played each other 40 times over more than a years.
But Lin, typically considered the best ever shuttler, won 28 of their face-offs and Lee retired in 2015 after a cancer fight without triumphing in the Olympic or world champion finals.
Lee likewise anticipated that once Lin retires, the set – who remain buddies – might sign up with forces for advertising work.
” After he retires, I believe we can still see how we wish to interact to promote badminton,” he said. – AFP