Singapore: After an eight-year stint at Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), Thai-born Singaporean badminton player Chayut Triyachart has decided to call it quits.
Triyachart has been plagued with injuries in recent months with a partial tear in his Achilles tendon and has since struggled to recover fully and wasn’t able to commit to full-time training in the Singapore national team.
The doubles specialist joined SBA in April 2007 and left the organization to pursue his business interest in Jan 2013. He then reconciled with SBA at the end of 2013. He and Danny Bawa Chrisnanta have won Malaysian Grand Prix Gold and Macau Open in 2014 and also won bronze medals in the men’s doubles and men’s team at the 2015 SEA Games.
SBA had been losing several of its senior players in recent years including Ashton Chen, Terry Yeo and 2014 Commonwealth Games mixed team bronze medalist Huang Chao.
Meanwhile, Singapore women’s squad also experienced a retirement wave in the last several years including 2010 Singapore Open women’s doubles champion Yao Lei, 2011 women’s singles gold medalist Fu Mingtian and former world No. 16 Gu Juan have all retired from the Singapore national team due to a variety of reasons, such as injuries, studies, and not feeling motivated.
After Triyachart’s retirement, there will only be three senior players left in the Singapore men’s team, namely Derek Wong, Danny, and Hendra Wijaya.