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Liem Swie King: The return of A KING

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 11 2009   /  12:48 pm

(JP/Dian Kuswandini) Like so many athletes, once lauded and applauded for their feats, badminton legend Liem Swie King fell into obscurity when his days on the podium were over. After all that glory, gold and applause, King found himself back in the real world: No intense matches, no tough training, no coach looking after him, no crazed fans shouting his name. It seemed nobody cared what became of him after he hung up his racket in 1988. But 21 years later, King has won back what so few retired athletes manage to get: Appreciation. His biography was published and a children's movie inspired by his indomitable spirit has successfully opened in cinemas. These accolades are beyond his expectations. "At first, I didn't believe it," says the three-time All England winner. "I didn't think I deserved any of it. . It's too much for me." He ...