DAITO, Osaka Pref. (Kyodo) Kumiko Ogura, one-half of the "Ogu-Shio" doubles pair who became pin-ups after popularizing badminton in Japan, called time on her career Tuesday, citing a lingering stomach ailment as her main reason for leaving the sport.
The 26-year-old Ogura has been suffering from chronic gastritis for the past year.
"I have been bothered by chronic gastritis in the past year. I have made repeated efforts to make a comeback to no avail. I am just tired of trying," Ogura said.
Ogura partnered Reiko Shiota to five consecutive doubles titles at the national championships. The pair won the bronze medal at the 2007 world championships and finished fifth at the 2008 Beijing Games.
But Ogura and Shiota parted ways after the 2008 national championships.