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Lin Dan quashes retirement talk with eyes on Rio

Lin Dan quashes retirement talk with eyes on RioShanghai, Nov 14 : Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan has denied any plans to retire next year and said he would consider going for a third Olympic title in 2016.

Lin, dubbed "Super Dan" among his fans, has decided to skip all international events on the 2012 calendar after he became the first man to clinch back-to-back Olympic gold medals in August in London, Xinhua reports.

The 28-year-old southpaw, who was here for his autobiography signing on the sidelines of the China Open, said he needed a rest after the Olympics.

"I never thought about hanging up my racket after next year's world championships," Lin told reporters Tuesday.

"I need some time to think about the next four years. I will consult my family, friends and coaches so that I can get fully ready for all the possible challenges once I return to the court next year."

Lin's arch rival Lee Chong Wei has also not ruled out competing at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Over the past four years, the duo's rivalry remained the focal point of the world badminton.

Following his Beijing Olympics final victory over Lee, Lin also beat the Malaysian in the 2010 Asian Games and the 2011 World Championships. Lee's major win over Lin came at the 2011 All England Championship final.  (IANS)


FA chairman Dyke compares FIFA boss Blatter to Korean dictator Kim Jong-un

Greg-DykeLondon, July 23 : The Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke has said that FIFA boss Sepp Blatter reminds him of something out of North Korea at times and compared the world football governing body's chairman to Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.  Read more »

Pakistan to play two football matches against India next month

Pakistan to play two football matches against India next monthKarachi, July 23 - Footballers from Pakistan and India will face each other in a two-match series next month in India.

According to the Express Tribune, the matches will be played on August 16 and August 21.  Read more »

Williamson suspended from bowling in international cricket

Kane-WilliamsonDubai, July 23 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of New Zealand off-spinner Kane Williamson to be illegal and, as such,  Read more »

Moores gives senior England players 'kick up the backside', asks them to deliver

Peter-MooresLondon, July 23 - England cricket team coach Peter Moores has given his senior players a verbal 'kick' up their 'backside' and told them that it is time to deliver.  Read more »

Hamilton denies employing 'mind games' against Rosberg in race for F1 title

Lewis-HamiltonLondon, July 18 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is not trying to employ mind games against his teammate Nico Rosberg as both battle for the Formula One championship.  Read more »

Red Bull F1 reserve Felix da Costa to race in Formula E

Antonio-Felix-da-CostaLeicestershire, UK: Amlin Aguri have announced that Red Bull Racing Formula 1 reserve driver, Antonio Felix da Costa, will join the team for the inaugural all-electric FIA Formula E Championship beginning in September.  Read more »