No retirement plans for Chong Wei, Lin Dan yet

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KUCHING: Neither Lee Chong Wei nor Lin Dan have indicated they will be retiring anytime soon.

“We may be old players, but have no plans to announce our retirement yet.

“In fact, I am hoping that Lin Dan and I can continue playing for a few more years.

“As for me, I intend to play as long as I can,” said Chong Wei, the world number one men’s singles badminton player.

He said this at a press conference after the Malaysia Open final at Stadium Perpaduan Negeri Sarawak, Petra Jaya, here today.

The 34-year-old Malaysian badminton superstar, who was gunning for his 12th Malaysia Open title, lost 19-21, 14-21 to Lin Dan in the final.

Asked about his chances in the upcoming world championships, Chong Wei said there were many rising stars now and also Chinese ace Chen Long to contend with.

Chen pulled out of the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open due to injury.

Lin Dan, 33, meanwhile, said he planned to be still active on the international stage but did not want to think too much about winning at world championships.

“I will take it one championship at a time,” he said.