Rising star Bodin will quit sport
Rising star Bodin Issara is quitting badminton due to injury and personal reasons, officials confirmed yesterday.
Ranked eighth in the world, along with his partner Maneepong Jongjit, in the men's doubles, Bodin has told the Badminton Association of Thailand that he wants to quit playing, according to BAT secretary-general Surasak Songworakulpan.
"He has informed me that he will retire," Surasak said.
The 22-year-old has been nursing a knee injury since December, which forced him to withdraw from this year's Korean Open and Malaysian Open.
The player also wants to look after his mother in Uttaradit, he said.
Maneepong will now play with Nipitphon Puangpuapech in Indonesia next week.
Last year, Bodin and Maneepong won the men's doubles title at the Indian Open by upsetting second seeds Sung Hyun Ko and Yeon Seong Yoo of South Korea in the final.
The win sent them to the 2012 Olympics, where they reached the quarter-finals.