Badminton: China's Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan to compete at OUE Singapore Open in April

China's Lin Dan will headline a 31-strong contingent from his country at the OUE Singapore Open.
China's Lin Dan will headline a 31-strong contingent from his country at the OUE Singapore Open. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Badminton fans in Singapore are set for a treat after China's two-time Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan confirmed his attendance for the OUE Singapore Open, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from April 12 to 17.

The 32-year-old's last appearance here was in 2011, where he finished first runner-up in the same tournament. The five-time world champion, considered one of the best players of all time, headlines the 31-strong contingent that powerhouse China is sending to Singapore.

"It's been a while since I last came to Singapore and I am looking forward to returning here to earn as much qualifying points as I can before the Olympic qualifying period closes," said Lin in a press release on Wednesday (Feb 3).

Joining Lin are men's world No. 1 player Chen Long, Sun Yu, the defending women's singles champion, former world champion Wang Yihan, and reigning Olympic mixed doubles champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.

Ng Yoke Weng, organising chairman of the OUE Singapore Open 2016, said: "With the China team lending their support to our event, we are confident that more big name entries will start to fly in. Fans can expect to see mouth-watering clashes between top shuttlers from around the world battle for the US$350,000 ($500,000) prize purse."