Olympic champion Tontowi retires


  • Badminton
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020

JAKARTA: Indonesian mixed doubles star Tontowi Ahmad has quit badminton just more than a year after his partner Liliyana Natsir retired from the sport.

Malaysian fans will never forget the 32-year-old Tontowi and Liliyana, 34, as the former world No. 1 pair spoiled Malaysia’s hopes of their first Olympics gold in 2016 when they defeated Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 21-14,21-12 in the final in Rio.

“That was the highlight of my career. I have won the Olympics gold medal, which is the greatest achievement for an athlete, ” said Tontowi in a statement yesterday.

In the absence of Liliyana, who left the scene in January, 2019, Tontowi played with Winny Oktavina Kandow but they were inconsistent. — Bernama.

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