Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
New Delhi: Chinese badminton star, Lin Dan will not be able to defend his World Championship title in the 2014 BWF World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark. His world ranking of 83 on April 2014 was not good enough to get him a entry in the tournament.
The Badminton World Federation on Tuesday published the third list of qualifiers along with 24 reserves. And it was believed that the request for a wild card would help the two-time Olympic and five-time world champion to defend the title, which he won as a wild card entrant in 2013, defeating his familiar foe Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.
Besides the wild card factor, many thought that the Chinese Badminton Association would exploit the lacuna in the rules and sacrifice one of its higher-ranked players to accommodate Super Dan a spot. According to the qualification rules, a country could send a maximum of four players if all of them in the top-8 of world ranking and a maximum of two if they were in top-150.
The 30-year-old Dan, considered as the greatest badminton player of all time, have played only two tournaments before the end of the qualifying period in April. In 2013, coming after a year-long break for after the London Olympics, he came back to win the world title competing as a wild card entrant.
With Agency inputs