Lin confirmed for Singapore Open

China’s two-time Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan has confirmed his participation for this year’s OUE Singapore Open, which takes place from April 12 to 17 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The previous time the five-time world champion took part in the Singapore Open was in 2011, when he finished as the runner-up  after he was ruled out of the final against Chen Jin.

The 32-year-old Lin, regarded by many as the best shuttler in the history of the game, is one of 31 competitors that will represent China at the tournament.

“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.

Joining the ever-popular Lin in Singapore is his Chinese compatriot and world number one Chen Long, defending women’s singles champion Sun Yu, former world champion Wang Yihan, as well as reigning Olympic mixed doubles champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.

“With the China team lending their support to our event, we are confident that more big name entries will start to fly in,” Ng Yoke Weng, organising chairman of the OUE Singapore Open 2016, said.

“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.”