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Badminton’s mercurial maverick Taufik Hidayat confirmed on Friday that he would retire after this week's Indonesia Open Super Series tournament.
One of Indonesia's best-known sportsmen will bring the curtain down on a brilliant and sometimes controversial career during which he won the Olympic gold in Athens in 2004 and was also crowned world champion.
"I will remain focused on helping develop badminton, but the details are still secret," the 31-year-old told AFP when asked about his retirement plans.
He joked that details of a farewell party to be thrown for him at the end of the tournament were also a secret. "It's not a surprise anymore if I tell you now," he said.
The Indonesia Open, taking place in Jakarta from today to Sunday, will be the last chance spectators have to see Hidayat's legendary attack, which is particularly effective at the net, in a professional competition.
But the player from West Java province has also had his fair share of controversies.
He once separated from the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) and based himself in Singapore, and on another occasion was ordered off the courts by security staff after a stand-off with officials at the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand.
Hidayat had been likely to face Lin Dan, often described as his arch-rival, in the first round of the Indonesia Open but organisers said Friday the Chinese shuttler had pulled out.