PETALING JAYA: Indonesian mixed doubles ace Tontowi Ahmad (pic) is set to quit the country’s national team next month, which could lead to him retiring at the end of the year.
The Indonesian media reported that the 32-year-old has made his intention known to his coach Richard Mainaky through a WhatsApp message, but has yet to officially tender his resignation to the All-Indonesia Badminton Association’s (PBSI).
One of the reasons that could prompt Tontowi to call it quits is that he has been struggling to replicate the same results that he enjoyed with his previous partner Liliyana Natsir, who retired in January last year.
In his eight years of partnership with Liliyana, the pair were best remembered by Malaysians for denying Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying the gold in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics. They also won two world titles in Guangzhou 2013 and Glasgow 2017.
Tontowi-Liliyana had been a thorn in the flesh for Peng Soon-Liu Ying as they won 11 out of their 12 meetings.
Tontowi formed a new partnership with youngster Winny Oktavina Kandow early last year in hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.
But the pair could not break beyond the world top 15 and fell in the pecking order behind Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti and Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja.
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