Adam Dong dives on the badminton court.AP Photo/Rui Vieira
AP Photo/Rui Vieira

Adam Dong


  • Moved to Canada from China in 2014 to pursue post-secondary education
  • Had played with one of the top professional teams in China from 2006 to 2014 
  • Began representing Canada internationally in 2016 alongside men’s doubles partner Nyl Yakura  
  • After achieving the number one doubles ranking in Canada, he retired to focus on his young family 
  • In 2018 founded the Lions Badminton Training Centre in Burlington, Ontario 
  • Came out of retirement in late 2021 to team up once again with Yakura in men’s doubles; won their first tournament together at the 2021 Mexican International 
  • Dong and Yakura won doubles gold at the 2023 Pan American Championships, improving upon their bronze in 2022  
  • Represented Canada at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2023 BWF World Championships 

A Little More About Adam

Getting into the Sport: Started playing badminton at age 6, the same year Zhang Jun, a player from his hometown of Suzhou, China won Olympic gold at Sydney 2000… By age 12 was selected to join a professional team in China… A right shoulder injury as a child forced him to learn to play badminton left-handed… Became champion of the China National Youth Games in 2011…  Outside Interests: Enjoys exploring cities while traveling for competitions… Graduated from Humber College with a diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services in 2017… Odds and Ends: Superstitions include wearing the same shirts in which he won previous tournaments and never shaving or getting a haircut on game day… Favourite motto: “This too shall pass”…

Palmarès international

Commonwealth Games: 2022 - R16 (doubles)

BWF World Championships: 2023 - R64 (doubles)

BFA Pan American Championships: 2023 - GOLD (doubles); 2022 - BRONZE (doubles), QF (mixed)