Former Olympics champ Markis dies after collapsing while playing badminton

Indonesia's Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan returns a shot to Taipei's Fang Chieh-min-Lee Sheng-mu during their men's doubles quarter-finals match at the 2010 BWF World Badminton Championships at the Coubertin Stadium in Paris, 2010. Kido-Setiawan won 21-14, 21-14. GLENN GUAN/The Star (Paris)

PETALING JAYA: Legendary Indonesian doubles ace Markis Kido passed away while playing badminton on Monday.

The Olympic Games champion was 36.

He collapsed during his usual Monday session with some of his badminton buddies and it is suspected that he had suffered a heart attack.

According to former Indonesian star Candra Wijaya, the stocky Markis slumped to the floor while they were playing together and all their efforts to resuscitate him ended in vain.

"We were switching court after the first game ended 15-8, and suddenly I saw him collapse and he was unconscious," said Candra.

"We tried our best to revive him before we rushed him to the hospital by car.

"Rest in peace, Markis Kido."

Markis enjoyed his most successful years with Hendra Setiawan in late 2000s where they became not only the world No. 1 pair but also won the 2008 Beijing Olympics and were crowned the world champions in Kuala Lumpur in 2007.

They forged fierce rivalries with China's Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng, Malaysia's Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong as well as South Korea's Jung Jae-sung-Lee Yong-dae.

Markis' death came three years after the demise of Jae-sung, who also died of heart attack at 35 in 2018.

His former teammate Hendra was devastated.

"I'm deeply saddened with this shocking news. He was a good partner. He was an outstanding and talented player. I am grateful to him for both the ups and downs that we went through together," said Hendra.

"We rose from nowhere to top and fought together for 14 years. Thank you Kido, good bye."

All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) international relations manager Bambang Rudy Roedyanto said the death of Markis was a big loss for badminton.

"I know Kido when I was a fan. I was one of those fanatical fans of Kido-Hendra....Kido was so energetic in the game and friendly outside of the court," said Bambang.

"We used to meet even after he retired. He liked to tease and made fun of all the those crazy times and memories we have had in the Tour. This is so sudden...I still can't believe it."
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