Taufik Hidayat to quit this week

Jun 11, 2013, 01:02 IST | AFP

Indonesia's former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat will this week bring down the curtain on a colourful career which made him one of badminton's biggest stars and an icon in his home country.

The 31-year-old will receive a rapturous and emotional send-off at the Indonesia Open in Jakarta, a tournament he has won six times with his distinctive, languid style which makes the fast-paced sport seem effortless.

However, Hidayat’s chances of bowing out with a seventh win are low, with no major titles to his name in recent years.

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