Lin Dan is indisputably China’s biggest sporting icon, and it looks like he’s quite the superstar in Scotland in as well.
The 33-year old in currently in Glasgow for the 2017 BWF World Championships that is happening from 21st August until 29th August.
The five-time world champion and six-time All-England champion received quite a welcome upon arriving at the airport yesterday.
In fact, Glasgow Live reports that Lin Dan’s arrival caused a stir among badminton fans and the Chinese expatriate community in the city.
Amongst those who were uber excited to welcome Lin Dan into the city was renowned Scottish chef Jimmy Lee, who is the head chef at the Lychee Oriental.
Jimmy Lee, also an ambassador for the Badminton World championships, said that “Lin Dan is a massive star over there (in China) – he’s like the David Beckham of China.”
— jimmy lee (@chef_jimmylee) August 20, 2017
“It’s great that he’s over here for the championships – he’s probably the greatest badminton player of all time and there are a lot of people looking forward to seeing him play.” Lee added.
Jimmy Lee posted a photo of himself and Lin Dan, with his arm around the Chinese star with the caption, “Great to welcome the Lin Dan to Scotland for the World Badminton Championships.”
Lin Dan will be gunning for his sixth world title this year, and he got his campaign off to a winning start when he outclassed Kieran Merrilees 21-15 21-10 on Monday.