Badminton - China's Lin Dan awarded World Championship wildcard

Double Olympic champion Lin Dan of China will defend his World Championships title in August after receiving a wildcard for the Guangzhou event.

Badminton - China's Lin Dan awarded World Championship wildcard

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China's Lin Dan celebrates winning his men's singles badminton gold medal match against Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Wembley Arena

Lin's sporadic appearances since defending his Olympic title at last year's London Games have seen his world ranking plummet to a lowly 41, making the 29-year-old ineligible for a direct qualification.

However, the BWF Committee of Management voted unanimously to award him the only men's singles wildcard for the August 5-11 event in his homeland.

"Exercising its prerogative to nominate a wildcard entry in each category, the COM determined the 29-year-old's stature and fan appeal would significantly enhance the championships," the Badminton World Federation said .

"His wildcard berth will likely reignite prospects of a possible rekindling of the rivalry between him and his Malaysian arch-rival, Lee Chong Wei."

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