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Badminton star Lin Dan says 'sorry' to family, admits to affair after paparazzi caught him cheating

CHINA'S super badminton star Lin Dan has apologized this afternoon after a paparazzi post claiming he was having an affair while his wife was pregnant set the Chinese Internet abuzz.

"As a man, I shall seek no excuses to defend myself. My behavior anyway has hurt feelings of my family and I hereby apologize to my family. Sorry!" says Lin Dan on Weibo about 2pm today, hours after the claimed scandal swept the Chinese social networking platforms.

The Chinese Internet was abuzz on Thursday after a widely-followed Weibo user posted photos and videos of Lin Dan, badminton Olympic champion, with a ‘mystery woman’. The post has stirred up great attention online and it has come just days after the badminton star’s wife gave birth to their first child.

“Detective Zhao”, a popular Weibo author famous for gossiping about celebrities and entertainment stars, posted pictures and videos he claimed showed the two-time Olympic champion with a woman in this October.

Other internet users quickly identified her as Zhao Yaqi, a model and actress.

The post has spread like wildfire online and has drawn tens of thousands of comments on Weibo and other social networking platforms.

Lin’s wife Xie Xingfang, who is also China's top badminton star, had just given birth to their son on November 5.

Lin is a two-time Olympic champion, five-time World champion, as well as a six-time and reigning All England champion. He is widely regarded as the greatest singles player of all time.


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