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China's Lin Dan awarded World Championship wild card
May 9, 2013 / 10:27 AM / 5 years ago

China's Lin Dan awarded World Championship wild card

(Reuters) - Double Olympic champion Lin Dan of China will defend his World Championships title in August after receiving a wild card for the Guangzhou event, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Thursday.

China's badminton player Lin Dan attends a news conference in Hong Kong August 24, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Lin’s sporadic appearances since defending his Olympic title at last year’s London Games have seen his world ranking plummet to a lowly 41, making the 29-year-old ineligible for a direct qualification.

However, the BWF Committee of Management (COM) voted unanimously to award him the only men’s singles wild card for the August 5-11 event in his homeland.

“Exercising its prerogative to nominate a wild-card entry in each category, the COM determined the 29-year-old’s stature and fan appeal would significantly enhance the championships,” the BWF said on its website (www.bwfbadminton.org).

“His wild-card berth will likely reignite prospects of a possible rekindling of the rivalry between him and his Malaysian arch-rival, Lee Chong Wei,” the governing body said.

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by John O'Brien

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