July 21, 2020

Any sport but badminton for Lin Dan’s son

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 5, 2012 shows China's Lin Dan celebrating with his gold medal after beating Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei during the Men's Singles gold medal match at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. - China's two-time Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan announced his retirement in a social media post on July 4, 2020, thanking his family and fans. (Photo by Adek BERRY / AFP)

BADMINTON legend Lin Dan (pic) doesn’t want his son to follow in his footsteps, reported Nanyang Siang Pau.In a talk show hosted by China’s table tennis legend Deng Yaping, Lin said the reason was that life as a badminton player was too demanding.Deng said it would be a pity if Lin did not want to let his son Xiao Yu (Little Feather) pick up the sport.

“You and Xie Xingfang (Lin Dan’s wife) have good genes. Your son will definitely be another Super Dan, ” said Deng.

To this, Lin, who earned the nickname “Super Dan” at the peak of his career, joked: “He will be thoroughly studied even before he picks up the game. Don’t play, don’t play.”

Lin announced his retirement recently, citing physical issues.

He has won all nine major titles – the Olympics, World Championship, World Cup, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Super Series Masters Finals, All-England, Asian Games and Asian Championship.

On his son’s future, Lin said he hoped Xiao Yu would pick up other sports or something that would tap into his intellectual development.> Sin Chew Daily reported that no party should be seen as being “too radical” in pushing for the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).

United Chinese School Committee Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) president Tan Tai Kim said the matter should only be discussed once the special committee tasked with studying UEC recognition had submitted its report to the Cabinet.

Tan urged all parties to keep their cool for fear that the issue of Chinese education, which has seen progress, could backfire, especially if it stoked the sentiments of radicals.

It was earlier reported that Huazong had urged the public to be rational and not turn the issue of UEC recognition into a racial matter.Its president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan said certain parties had misconstrued his recent remarks about a meeting with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Goh acknowledged that Muhyiddin did not make any promises about the UEC issue and that Huazong had not implied that the Prime Minister had done so.

The UEC qualification is taken by Form Six students in independent Chinese schools. It is deemed the equivalent to the STPM in many foreign universities, but has yet to be recognised by public universities in Malaysia.

The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ‘ >’sign, it denotes a separate news item.



Photo and news source: thestar.com.my

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