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Controversies break out as Lin Dan is accused of having affair while wife was pregnant

The Chinese social media scene was lit on Thursday  after a Weibo user posted photos of Lin Dan with a ‘mystery woman’ just days after the badminton star’s wife gave birth to their first child.

A user known by ‘Detective Zhao’ posted pictures and gifs he claimed showed the two-time Olympic champion with a woman in October.

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

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The post was the top trending topic and had more than 200,000 reposts and 40,000 comments on Weibo

Lin’s wife Xie Xingfang, a former badminton star, gave birth to a boy in Beijing on Nov 5. Lin, 33, and Xie, 35, wed in 2012.

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Lin quickly apologised on Weibo with a brief message in Chinese: “As a man, I do not make any excuses for myself, but my actions have hurt my family. I apologise to them here.”

The five-time world champion has dominated the sport for a decade.

Lin, nicknamed Super Dan, has two Olympic gold medals to his name, but left the 2016 Rio Olympics empty handed.

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Formerly the world No. 1, he is now ranked third after Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and compatriot Chen Long.

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