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Olympic champion Hidayat recovers to defend his badminton gold

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Category: Badminton News Published: 28 July 2008
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 667
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -Olympic badminton champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia will defend his singles gold medal at next month's Beijing Games despite a recent stay in hospital with high fever, his trainer said Monday.

"He's already back to training,'' Christian Hadinata said of the former world champion. "He will definitely go to the Olympics.''

Hidayat, who was admitted to Pondok Indah Hospital in Jakarta last week with a high temperature, was discharged Saturday, hospital officials said on condition of anonymity.

Indonesia will send 11 badminton players to compete at the Beijing Olympics.

Along with the 2004 Olympic gold, Hidayat won the 2005 world championship, but has struggled to regain his form this year. He skipped the Indonesian national sports week this month in a bid to avoid injuries before the Olympic badminton tournament, which starts on Aug. 9.

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