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Badminton rivals Lin-Lee dream of Tokyo 2020 reunion

Date : 04 Apr 2019

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 4, 2019: Two of the greatest Asian players in badminton history, Lin Dan of China and Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, could meet again at Tokyo 2020 – if the dreams of both players come true.

In a moving tribute to the 35-year-old two-time Olympic champion “Super Dan”, Lee posted a heartfelt message to his friend and rival on his Facebook account on Thursday regarding the Malaysian Open.

Lee, who is recovering from nose cancer, said: “My arch-rival yet my good pal Lin Dan had a superb win over Chou Tien Chen yesterday (Wednesday).

“After his win I was flattered when he was quoted as saying, ‘Because Chong Wei hasn’t retired from the badminton world, that spurred me on to continue. I really hope to clash swords with him on court soon. To be able to compete with him (Lee) in Tokyo 2020 shall be a dream come true’.”

Lee’s message continued: “Next year may be the fifth and final Olympics for me and my life’s greatest opponent (Lin). God willing my body allows it. I hope to step in to the court in Tokyo. It will be great to meet Lin Dan again where our battles reached a full cycle of 20 years.

“My friend Lin Dan, you have my best wishes for this Malaysian Open. If I were to hope for a non- Malaysian to win the singles title I hope it’s you my friend, my greatest opponent.”

Lin Dan won the Olympic gold medal at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, beating Lee Chong Wei in the final on each occasion. Lin was named Asian Games MVP at Guangzhou 2010 and is a five-time world champion.

Lee, 36, is a three-time Olympic Games silver medallist from 2008-2016.

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