A shock announcement ahead of the World Super Series Finals in Dubai set to get underway Wednesday.
Olympic and World Champion Lin Dan will not be taking part in the event, pulling out due to injury.
The 32-year-old, who was set to make his first-ever appearance at the BWF Finals for the first-time every, had just won the men's singles title at the Olympics test event held in Rio de Janeiro.
Details surrounding his injury are not clear.
His vacancy1 is good news for Lin Dan's teammate Tian Houwei.
Tian, who had qualified2 for Dubai after having finished in the top-8 at the end of the season, had been bumped3 from Dubai, as only 2 competitors from each country are allowed to compete in each event, meaning it was to be Lin Dan and World number-1 Chen Long representing China.