The much anticipated clash between Lee Chong Wei and his arch nemesis Lin Dan of China will not take place at the Indonesian Open Premier Super Series next week after all.
The Chinese BA has confirmed with the organisers that the World and Olympic champion would skip the Indonesian Open. Lin Dan is also not expected to play at the Singapore Open.
Lin Dan, whose world ranking has dropped to 68th after an eight-month absence from the international scene, was drawn to play in the qualifying rounds in Jakarta.
He was expected to beat Kento Momota of Japan and B Sai Praneeth of India and set up a first round meeting against Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in the tournament proper.
Lin Dan would have met Chong Wei in the second round in what would have been a dream clash for badminton fans.
That clash will now have to wait until August at the World Championships, where Lin Dan has been given a wild card entry by the Badminton World Federation.