INDONESIAN BADMINTON ACE MARKIS KIDO IS DEAD AT 36

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 – Indonesia’s Olympics and Asian Games gold medallist, Markis Kido has passed away at the age of 36 after suffering a heart attack while playing badminton in the Indonesian city of Tangerang on Monday.
His sudden death left badminton players and fans devastated, especially his former doubles partner Hendra Setiawan.
The duo ruled the men’s doubles – winning the men’s doubles gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In the final, the Indonesians staged a remarkable recovery to beat home favorites, Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng 12-21, 21-11, 21-16 in a thriller that put a dent in China’s pride.
Kido-Setiawan also won the 2010 Asian Games gold apart from winning the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur in 2007.
The pair also ruled the SEA Games – winning the men’s doubles gold seven times.
Setiawan, who ranked World No 2 with Mohammad Ahsan, is devastated by his former partner’s death.
“He was a fantastic comrade and a great buddy during our playing days. To lose him so young is devastating. I can’t believe he is gone,” said Hendrawan.

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