Latest Badminton News and Articles

Taufik Quits Camp, Says Time to Go Own Way

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News Published: 30 January 2009
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 902

Taufik Hidayat isn’t done with badminton — he’s just done doing it Indonesia’s way.

After 12 years in the Indonesian Badminton Association, or PSBI, national training camp, the 27-year-old officially announced his withdrawal on Friday. Though he left the camp, he still plans to pursue a professional career.

“I’ll still play as an Indonesian player, though not under the national team banner anymore,” Taufik said at a press conference. “I will never play for another country.”

He said that he’d been thinking about quitting the national camp since 2004 and shrugged off the rumor that it was because the PBSI didn’t pick his longtime coach, Mulyo Handoyo, as one of the camp’s coaches this year.

“What happened to coach Mulyo is not the main reason why I left the national training camp,” the Athens Olympic gold medalist said. “I’ve been thinking this over and over again since I got the Olympic gold medal, until I came to the conclusion to leave.”

Now free from the camp, Taufik plans to continue his relationship with Mulyo.

“It’s true that I can’t replace him [Mulyo]. He really understands me. He knows what I want and what I like. He’s like my father and my best friend, besides my coach,” he said. “But that’s not the main reason behind this.”

The men’s singles shuttler also said he would still be at the ready if his country needed him.

In addition to Mulyo, Taufik will also have a management team at the ready to address his needs, including trying to maintain his sponsorship deal with apparel company Yonex.

“I’ve been working with Yonex for the last 12 years, since I joined the national training camp for the first time,” he said. “Hopefully, Yonex still wants to be my sponsor. But I’m also trying to get other sponsors.”

Taufik’s first opportunity to enjoy his newfound freedom comes March 3-8 at the All England Super Series in Birmingham.

“This year’s All England will be different, I can’t deny it,” he said. “I’ll be more motivated to win the title because this is the very first time I’ll compete in a tournament without the national team flag on my shoulder.”

  • No comments found

Facebook

Twitter

Google Plus

Replays: Hong Kong Open 2014

2014 Hong Kong Open Badminton videos

Watch Replays

Related Badminton News

  • Recent News
  • Popular
Support Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei is one of the greatest badminton players to ev

Saina Nehwal to play Tai Tzu Ying in semis of Dubai Superseries Finals

Dubai: India's badminton ace Saina Nehwal topped her group t

Chen Long & Zhao Yunlei are 2014 BWF player of the year

Dubai: Chen Long and Zhao Yunlei of China won the 2014 best

Video: Badminton is the most "dangerous" sport on earth

Hanoi: Thanks to the quick work of a match referee, no-one w

Carolina Marin Receives Sport Merit Royal Order

Madrid: The winner of 2014 BWF Badminton World Championships

The love story of Derek Wong and Vanessa Neo

By Cheryl Tay The love story of Singapore badminton players