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    Quote Originally Posted by Licin View Post
    If LD changed sponsor, since Victor, Yonex & Adidas have been mentioned before.
    My (serious) money is on adidas... ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backhand_Dave View Post
    My (serious) money is on adidas... ;-)
    Well they need him most of the other companies - so I guess they would be willing to fork out a lot of money to pry him away from LN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneToughBirdie View Post
    IMO, the most striking weapon LD had in OLY08 was his anticipation, knowing where and when the birds crossed the net and LD would be there waiting. I saw the same anticipation from ZJH in AE90. With anticipation, and all those speed, power, defense, offense, mental, etc. etc., I don't think anyone including LD of 2013 can beat LD in OLY08. Given OLY is more significant than AE, I rate LD performance in OLY08 the greatest game ever played, just ahead of AE90 MSF.
    ZJH : Lin Dan
    5:21, 7:21

    I would bet my money on any of today's top 10 against ZJH. The game has developed quite a bit since the 90s...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NemChua View Post
    any ideas on lin dan's black racquet ?
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    New sponsor
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    I hope it is yonex !!
    Quote Originally Posted by Backhand_Dave View Post
    My (serious) money is on adidas... ;-)
    From what I know, Lin Dan has already signed up with Adidas.

    Legally, it is a prospective agreement.
    The tie-up cannot be announced until the expiry of the current contract with Li Ning.

    I haven't been able to find out when the current Li Ning contract ends.
    However, it must be pretty soon as he is already practicing with the Adidas racquets (stripped off any identifying marks and colours).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    From what I know, Lin Dan has already signed up with Adidas.

    Legally, it is a prospective agreement.
    The tie-up cannot be announced until the expiry of the current contract with Li Ning.

    I haven't been able to find out when the current Li Ning contract ends.
    However, it must be pretty soon as he is already practicing with the Adidas racquets (stripped off any identifying marks and colours).
    You said it! I was bound to secrecy by my source Given your last sentence, I presume you have seen the picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    From what I know, Lin Dan has already signed up with Adidas.

    Legally, it is a prospective agreement.
    The tie-up cannot be announced until the expiry of the current contract with Li Ning.

    I haven't been able to find out when the current Li Ning contract ends.
    However, it must be pretty soon as he is already practicing with the Adidas racquets (stripped off any identifying marks and colours).
    What about the rest of the Chinese squad? everyone switching to adidas? and ditching Li Ning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    You said it! I was bound to secrecy by my source Given your last sentence, I presume you have seen the picture?
    I must repeat that my post is based on 'what I know'
    By no means is this to be read as a confirmation.

    Quote Originally Posted by pcll99 View Post
    What about the rest of the Chinese squad? everyone switching to adidas? and ditching Li Ning?
    It's just Lin Dan for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    I must repeat that my post is based on 'what I know'
    By no means is this to be read as a confirmation.


    It's just Lin Dan for now.
    wow, is this sign that Lin Dan will go independent? this is very interesting!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    From what I know, Lin Dan has already signed up with Adidas.
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    Interesting.

    Is Li Ning in such financial dark hole to match Adidas offer or Lin Dan wants to use the Adidas's influence to become a global star?

    If true, it would mean that Lin Dan is setting his sight on the Rio gold. Combining that with Adidas power, that would be great news to badminton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R20190 View Post
    It would be an interesting question to ask LD himself as to whether he thinks he would beat his former self!
    Completely agree with you...maybe you can text or email LD and ask him this question

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneToughBirdie View Post
    Completely agree with you...maybe you can text or email LD and ask him this question
    Email? Nah, I'll just whatsapp him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedShuttle View Post
    Interesting.

    Is Li Ning in such financial dark hole to match Adidas offer or Lin Dan wants to use the Adidas's influence to become a global star?

    If true, it would mean that Lin Dan is setting his sight on the Rio gold. Combining that with Adidas power, that would be great news to badminton.
    Unfortunately yes as discussed in:

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...-shape-in-2013

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    If LD switches to Adidas, it would explain the clash with LYB. Li Ning does not sponsor the players, it sponsors the whole team, previously like Yonex for Indonesia. So Lin Dan brake the rule?
    When the Thai team wanted to impose such a team-contract, the players went on strike so to be allowed to keep their personal endorsement. We can guess that Lin Dan went into a "personal strike", so we did not see him with the National Team.
    But maybe this is just a negotiation tool for Lin Dan. Somehow if the whole team stays with a Chinese brand and he alone goes with a foreign one, it will upset some of the fans and dent his image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    Thanks for raising the issue.

    Li Ning has been overly optimistic or even naive about its market positioning. It seems that the day of reckoning is finally here. Anyhow, Li Ning has done quite a lot for badminton, hope it can pull through its current difficulties.

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    It will be interesting if Lin Dan sign up with Adidas. Definitely will be a big boost for Adidas as he has so many fans. Not surprised to see the model he using become the most sought after racquet.

    If this come to pass, wonder which model he will be using as none of the Adidas racquets are as stiff and head heavy as the ones he is used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teoky View Post
    It will be interesting if Lin Dan sign up with Adidas. Definitely will be a big boost for Adidas as he has so many fans. Not surprised to see the model he using become the most sought after racquet.

    If this come to pass, wonder which model he will be using as none of the Adidas racquets are as stiff and head heavy as the ones he is used to.
    It doesn't really matter which racket he would use, he will beat everyone in this planet.

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    Not sure if Adidas has any expertise in rackets of any kind. Given their financial resources, it should be easy to buy up some specialty shops to make rackets. Maybe Sotx?

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