Malaysia Cries Foul Over Lin Dan Wildcard

By Agence France-Presse on 06:29 pm May 10, 2013
Category Badminton, Sports
Lin Dan of China poses with his gold medal after victory over compatriot Wang Zhengming in their men's singles final match during the Asian Badminton Championship 2010 in New Delhi on April 18,2010. (AFP Photo/ Manan Vatsyayana)

Lin Dan of China poses with his gold medal after victory over compatriot Wang Zhengming in their men’s singles final match during the Asian Badminton Championship 2010 in New Delhi on April 18,2010. (AFP Photo/ Manan Vatsyayana)

Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia’s singles coach has suggested a conspiracy after badminton chiefs handed four-time Chinese winner Lin Dan a wildcard for this year’s world championships, a report said on Friday.

Tey Seu Bock told the New Straits Times that the wildcard entry for the double Olympic champions — which could affect the chances of Malaysia’s world number one Lee Chong Wei — gave China an unfair advantage.

“I don’t understand the reason behind BWF’s [Badminton World Federation] decision to give Lin Dan a wildcard despite China having three players in the men’s singles. I cannot help thinking that people want China to win the title,” he said.

“Chong Wei will now have to face four China players, which is a huge mental challenge but it is not impossible for him to win.”

The BWF gave Lin special permission to play the world championships after his ranking dropped to 41 following an eight-month break since last year’s Olympics in London.

“What we have been hearing is that Lin Dan has been seriously contemplating retirement and it is a real surprise that China have accepted the wildcard,” the coach said.

“It will be tricky as Lin Dan will be unseeded and there is a possibility he could meet Chong Wei as early as the first round and this is going to be a massive challenge.”

Malaysia’s Lee, a three-time world player of the year, has been irresistible in many tournaments but he is still searching for his first world or Olympic title after a heartbreaking series of losses to Lin.

“Super Dan” has beaten Lee in the last two Olympic finals and in the title match at the last world championships in 2011, when the Chinese ace lifted the trophy for a fourth time. The next edition is in China’s Guangzhou in August.

Agence France-Presse

  • 22roles

    Conspiracy theory coming from Malaysia is laughable as always ..lol

    • Shuttlererrerer

      cheating from Indonesia’s badminton players is acceptable as always

      • menteng

        What has to do with the topic?lin dan has won four titles lcw none..tournament is in China with all local players send to training camps in order to bag all titles.lcw must do a heroic act to reach he final