Up for one last hurrah

Chinese veteran Lin Dan is thrilled after upsetting Chinese Taipei third seed Chou Tien-chen in the first round of the Malaysia Open on Wednesday. He needs to overtake one of his two higher-ranked teammates to stand a chance of playing in his fifth O
Chinese veteran Lin Dan is thrilled after upsetting Chinese Taipei third seed Chou Tien-chen in the first round of the Malaysia Open on Wednesday. He needs to overtake one of his two higher-ranked teammates to stand a chance of playing in his fifth Olympics next year in Japan.PHOTO: BADMINTON PHOTO

Chinese great Lin Dan, 35, wants to prove a point by qualifying for his fifth Olympic Games in Tokyo

The tattoo on his upper right arm reads "Until the end of world", and it captures Lin Dan's refusal to stop playing badminton even as he turns 36 in October.

A two decade-long career has seen the Chinese legend capture every major title and often emerge victorious in epic battles.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2019, with the headline 'Up for one last hurrah'. Print Edition | Subscribe