Top shuttler Markis Kido was back practicing on Tuesday at the national training camp in Jakarta, after resolving a contract dispute with the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) that saw him quit training over the weekend.
“I’m back training today after being absent from Saturday to Monday. We’ve settled our differences, mainly on the value of my contract,” Kido, who plays in the men’s doubles with Hendra Setiawan, told The Jakarta Post.
Kido had announced his departure from the camp, saying the PBSI had acted “in an offensive manner” in response to his query over the contract and had told him the sum was non-negotiable. Also jumping ship were his brother Bona Septono and sister Pia Zebaidah.
“They could’ve avoided this if they had not used some kind of compulsion. They called me up on Monday evening and we’ve agreed on the value. I guess it was just miscommunication,” he said.
He added that his siblings, doubles player Bona and singles player Pia, had also returned to camp.
Kido and Hendra, ranked No. 1 in the world, won the men’s doubles titles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2007 world championships.
PBSI secretary-general Jacob Rusdianto said his office had settled the Kido issue and agreed on the same contract value, saying it was all an “abrupt misunderstanding”.
Kido’s weekend scare came shortly after former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat officially quit the national team for undisclosed reasons.
Taufik will compete under his own management, but says he may still, if asked, join the national team at international events.
The world No. 7 said he had been thinking of quitting the national team since winning gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but decided to stay on until late last month.
Speculation abounded that his recent falling-out with the PBSI had hastened his resignation. Taufik had earlier refused to join the training camp after learning that his longtime mentor Mulyo Handoyo was not on the coaching list.
In 2001, Taufik threatened to quit the training camp because of Mulyo’s exclusion, only rejoining after the PBSI agreed to reinstate Mulyo.
In 2004, Taufik made yet another threat to quit, and again backed down from it.