LIN Dan cannot imagine the Olympics without his arch rival Lee Chong Wei and China's top shuttler hopes his close friend will recover from his injury in time to play in London. Lin Dan said injury is the biggest enemy of any athlete and with age catching up on both of them, playing in tournaments also becomes harder all the time.
Lin Dan felt sorry for Chong Wei's misfortune and hoped he would recover quickly and be ready to challenge him in the Olympics.
"The Olympics will not be exciting without Chong Wei. He is not only my number one enemy (on court) but also a close friend and I am looking forward to playing him in the final in London," said Lin Dan through an interpreter.
"Injury is the biggest enemy of an athlete. For me and Chong Wei, we are not young anymore."
Lin Dan denied Chong Wei the gold medal by beating the Malaysian in the Beijing Olympics final in 2008.