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Games launching point, says badminton superstar

( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2014-08-10

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Chinese badminton superstar LIN Dan says the Youth Olympic Games will be a stepping stone for the young up-and-coming athletes and a build-up to Olympic careers.

The two-time Olympic champion, who was among the 104 torchbearers for the last leg of torch relay in Nanjing, considers younger generation luckier to have opportunity for grooming in the shape of Youth Olympics.

“I hope they (participants) will do their best at the Games and make more friends. The younger generation is luckier than us as we did not have Youth Olympic Games back in our time.

“The young athletes could gather more experience for international events. Also, these Games will help them learn for the Olympic Games in the future,” said LIN.

He felt elated on being a part of torch relay and felt the Games would provide an opportunity for the youth to see the city and China.

“I just arrived in Nanjing yesterday. This is my first time to be a torchbearer for Youth Olympic Games. It is a great honour for me to pass on the torch. China and Nanjing welcome the teenage athletes. It is a good opportunity for the young people to see the city as well as the country,” he said.

LIN believes the Games will not only be a window of opportunity for the young athletes, they will also develop the city.

“I do not come here very often. I believe the event will make Nanjing more beautiful. I hope that more foreign athletes will love the city. This is my first time to be on the wall. It is very beautiful. I wish to have opportunities to play in Nanjing.”

The badminton hero said he would love to watch the boys’ singles badminton final if he got the chance.

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