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Former Olympic badminton champion Markis Kido succumbs to heart failure

He was only 36 years old.

Indonesia’s Olympic gold medalist, Markis Kido, was reported to have suffered a heart attack while playing badminton at Tangerang, Java. He was 36 years old.

Hendra Setiawan, Lee Chong Wei, Tan Boon Heong, and many badminton aces paid tribute to the former Olympic gold medalist and world champion.

“Losing one of my best partners is heartbreaking for me. He was an outstanding and gifted player. Thank you for being my partner and battling with me for 14 years,” wrote Hendra on his Instagram account.

Malaysia’s badminton hero, Datuk Lee Chong Wei, also poured a heartfelt tribute to the Indonesian shuttler in an Instagram story.

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“[I will] always remember his relentless smashes and ‘never give up’ attitude.”

Former olympic badminton champion markis kido succumbs to heart failure
(Screenshot via Instagram/ leechongweiofficial)
Former olympic badminton champion markis kido succumbs to heart failure
(Screenshot via Instagram/ tanbh_7)

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Former World No. 1 Men’s Doubles shuttler, expressed his shock after hearing the sad news from Datuk Lee Chong Wei.

In a Facebook post, he said he had always wanted to play a match with Kido after the pandemic, but the latter’s passing has rendered it impossible.

“Kido was an excellent men’s doubles player in the badminton world.”

Kido’s greatest success in his career was during the 2008 Olympics, when he and Hendra, the current World No. 2, fought from behind to win the gold medal over the Chinese pair Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng.

The Indonesian duo also bagged the 2007 World Championships title in Kuala Lumpur and the 2010 Asian Games gold.

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Sources: NST, Cover images via Badzine.net and India Today

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