Lin a man on a mission

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Lin, who is a double Olympic champion and China's most decorated men's player, won the tournament for the fifth time in 2012. If he manages to win this year, he will join an elite club that features Ireland's Frank Devlin, Denmark's Erland Kops and Indonesia's Rudy Hartono. 

However, the number five seed did not play in the 2013 or 2014 edition of the tournament as he opted to take some time away from the sport.

Lin is wary of the competition he faces going into the tournament. But, one person he should be especially worried about is world champion and compatriot Chen Long, who won the All-England title in 2013. 

Meanwhile, it has been announced that defending champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia will miss the tournament since he is still serving a two-year ban for failing a doping test at the world championships in August last year. 

"It is a shame when the very best players in the world are unable to compete," Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy told Reuters. "It will be a shame that Chong Wei won't be able to renew his rivalry with Lin Dan as we have enjoyed some amazing rivalries between those two."