Chinese shuttler Lin Dan announces retirement

BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese badminton great Lin Dan announced his retirement on social media Saturday by ending his 20-year glorious national team career.

"From 2000 to 2020, after 20 years, I have to say goodbye to the national team. It is very difficult to speak it out," the two time Olympic gold medalist said on Weibo, China's twitter-like social media.

According to Chinese Badminton Association, Lin Dan has submitted a formal retirement application a few days ago. Taking into consideration Lin's personal preference and his current situation, the Chinese badminton national team agreed Lin's retirement.

[ Editor: WXY ]