KOMPAS.com – Indonesian badminton has lost one of its best players over the past decade, after Olympic gold medal-winning shuttler Markis Kido died at the age of 36 on Monday, June 14.
Former Indonesian women’s badminton player Yuni Kartika broke the news on her Twitter account. “One of Indonesia’s best badminton players, Markis Kido, has passed away. We hope his good deeds and piety will win him a place beside God,” she said in her Twitter account. “Goodbye Markis Kido.”
Kido’s teammate on the Indonesian badminton team, Candra Wijaya, played a recreational game of badminton with the 2008 Beijing Olympics men’s doubles gold medalist in Tangerang, Banten, before he collapsed from an apparent heart attack.
“My friends and I were shocked to see Kido fall unconscious, so we rushed to administer first aid to him before rushing him to the Omni Hospital in South Tangerang.” However, Kido died on arrival as his breathing and heartbeat stopped.
Tributes poured in to Kido from the Badminton Association of Indonesia or PBSI and his fellow shuttlers, following news of his passing.
Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun.
Telah meninggal dunia salah satu pahlawan bulutangkis Indonesia, peraih emas Olimpiade Beijing 2008, Markis Kido.
Semoga almarhum mendapat tempat terbaik di sisi-Nya dan keluarga yang ditinggalkan diberikan ketabahan.
Selamat jalan Kido! pic.twitter.com/nPumRvnabz— BADMINTON INDONESIA (@INABadminton) June 14, 2021
“Markis Kido, one of Indonesia’s badminton heroes, and 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist, has passed away,” said PBSI on its Twitter account Badminton Indonesia or @INABadminton.
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“My deepest condolences for [Markis Kido,] one of my best partners in good or bad times. Many thanks for being a very good partner during our victories and defeats,” said his fellow Olympian gold medalist and men’s doubles partner Hendra Setiawan on his Instagram page.
“Thank you for being a good partner when we started out and battled together during our 14 year [career]. Thank you Kido and goodbye.” Markis Kido and Hendra were renowned as one of Indonesia’s best ever men’s doubles since they started their partnership in 2002.
Aside from winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the two won top prizes in dozens of events, including the 2007 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Champions and the 2010 Asian Games, before they went their own ways in 2012.
Kido’s onetime partner in the mixed doubles, Liliana Natsir, was just as heartfelt in her tribute.
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“Brother Kido, I did not expect you to be gone so soon. You were my [mixed doubles] partner at my first ever international event at the  Asia Junior [Championship], which we won,” the Indonesian mixed doubles great said on her Instagram account.
Kido was in both the men’s doubles and mixed doubles during the beginning of his career in 2002, before he entirely went into the men’s doubles a year later following his partnership with Hendra.
Kido was also known as a professional badminton player at the Jakarta based Jaya Raya club. He went on to coach the club following his retirement from international duty in 2017.
Kido and Hendra’s men’s doubles Olympic gold medals was one of three won by Indonesia in the badminton event, since the sport was instituted as an Olympics sport in 1992.
(Writer: M. Hafidz Imaduddin | Editors: Tri Indriawati, Ervan Yudhi Tri Atmoko)
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