Shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei, fresh from winning a silver medal at the London Olympics, is expected to end his bachelorhood next year.
The world No. 2 is expected to wed former national top women's singles player Wong Mew Choo as both are rumoured to be planning to settle down after courting for more than a decade.
Lee, who said that he was ready to take the plunge, however, did not give any tentative date or venue for the wedding.
"Maybe I will step down next year because there are no big competitions and start planning for the wedding. I am not young any more."
Wong, 29, is now a coach at Bukit Jalil Sports School after she quit competitive badminton last year.
"We have known each other for a long time. As I had to focus on my career, it was normal to have misunderstandings," said the former world No. 1.
Lee said he broke up with Wong in 2009 when he was undergoing training in South Korea but patched up with her a year later and the bond had since grown stronger.
"It is normal to go through difficult times in a relationship but I do not want such issues to affect my career or relationship."
Meanwhile, his arch-rival on court and good friend off the court, Lin Dan from China, currently the world No. 1, is expected to host a reception for his marriage to former women's world No. 1, Xie Xinfang, next month.
Lee admitted that it would be difficult to find a replacement when he retired.
"To find a second Chong Wei is not easy. At the same time, to find a second Lin Dan will also not be easy for China. Nor is it easy for Indonesia to find another Taufik Hidayat or for Denmark to find another Peter Gade," he said on the criticism against the Badminton Association of Malaysia for its failure to find a replacement. Bernama