Officially Retired From The National Team, Here’s Tontowi Ahmad’s Next Plan

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Gold medalists Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad (L) and Indonesia's Liliyana Natsir hold their medals on the podium following the mixed doubles Gold Medal badminton match at the Riocentro stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP PHOTO / GOH Chai Hin

One of Indonesia’s heroes at the 2016 Rio Olympics from badminton sports, Tontowi Ahmad finally decided to hang a racket. The gold medalist in Rio 2016 has officially sent his resignation letter to the Executive Board of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PP PBSI), Monday (05/18).

The reason the man who is familiarly called Owi finally withdrew was, because he felt he was no longer getting big motivation in badminton. In addition to achievement, they also feel satisfied.

“I also want to be closer to my family. When I was still active as an athlete, I spent more time practicing and competing. My children began to protest, because it was very difficult for them to meet me,” Owi said, as quoted by Bola.com.

“My status in national training as an intern is also an excuse. I am no longer young, and it’s time I came out of national training. I have won an Olympic gold medal, which is the highest achievement for all athletes,” added the father of two children.

Owi won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, won with Liliyana Natsir in mixed doubles. At that time in the final, they defeated the Malaysian couple, Chan Peng Soon / Goh Liu Ying, in two direct games (21-14, 21-12).

“That was the peak of my achievement. The sacrifice I made to get the title was also great. To get the gold medal, I made the toughest preparation of all the tournaments I have participated in,” said the man born in July 18, 1987.

“Especially after the 2014 Asian Games finals, to be exact for most of 2015, my communication with Ci Butet (Liliyana) became a little disturbed. Until finally we had to prepare for the Olympics, and the struggle ended with a gold medal,” Owi said.

Called Owi, it is not an easy matter to finally be able to release his status as a national player. Because indeed almost all of his life was spent in national training and badminton arena.

“I always feel proud every time I represent Indonesia. I want to be remembered as someone who has sung the Indonesia Raya song for Indonesia,” said Tontowi.

The husband of Michelle Harminc admitted that he had pocketed various plans to be able to run it, after retiring from the national team. Owi stressed that he wanted to try a new world that had nothing to do with badminton.

However, he also did not close his eyes, if there really is an opportunity to return to playing in a professional team.

“Thank you to PB Djarum, who has been my home since jumping into badminton. Thank you to PBSI who have overshadowed me while I was in national training. Thank you to the trainers, especially Ms. RI Mainard, who was never tired of guiding me during National Training. Thank you love to friends in national training, especially ci Butet, who has become my partner and together achieve a proud achievement, “said Owi again.

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