Lin Dan gets wild card for world championships
Updated: 2013-05-13 14:25
KUALA LUMPUR - China's badminton star Lin Dan has been given a wild card for this year's world championships to be held in Guangzhou in August, the Badminton World Federation said on Thursday.
Lin's world ranking has dropped to 41th after his eight-month break since winning gold at last year's Olympics, meaning he was not eligible for an automatic spot.
"Exercising its prerogative to nominate a wildcard entry in each category, the COM (committee of management) determined the 29-year-old's stature and fan appeal would significantly enhance the championships," the Badminton World Federation said in a statement.
"This was the only wildcard awarded."
Lin, a four-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion, returned to competition at the Asia Championships last month but pulled out in the quarterfinals due to an arm injury.