With players like Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan reaching the twilight of their careers, Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat long retired, it’s left with players like Chen Long, Jan O Jorgensen, Viktor Axelsen, Son Wan Ho, K Srikanth, Ng Ka Long to light up the scene of badminton in the near future.
We were lucky to be in the era of the most fierce rivalry between Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Taufik, Gade, Chen Long but as time goes by, they will fade away. Can all these current and future rising players carry the heavy responsibility of the 4 legends in the near future?
Not only that, we were stunned by almost the entire China woman team calling quits after the Rio Olympics but the woman department especially in singles will still prosper as there are many interesting up and coming single players like the Japanese, PV Sindhu, Marin, Inthanon, Tzu Ying. So in this department, it will still be competitive.
In the women doubles, it will not be all China as the Japanese and Europeans have catched up. Meanwhile in the mixed doubles department, it will still be exciting with all top 10 pairs in the world is always neck to nect in their battles. There is no clear favorites when they take to court.
For the men doubles department, we have lost formidable players like Jung Jae Sung, Lee Yong Dae, Cai Yun, Fu Haifeng, Koo Kien Keat, Tan Boon Heong, Hendra Setiawan. Can Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Chai Biao-Hong Wei, Ahsan-Saputro, Ki Jung-Sa Rang, Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen light up the men doubles section?
What I can see is that badminton will be not so predictable anymore with upsets happening all over but players legendary players like Lin Dan, Chong Wei, Hidayat, Gade, Lee Yong Dae, Jung Jae Sung, Wang Shixian, Wang Yihan, Yu Yang,Hendra Setiawan, Cai Yun, Fu Haifeng are hard to replaced.
Excitement yes but will the excitement continue with so many retirments? Only time will tell!