Badminton: Susilo eyes comeback

Badminton: Susilo eyes comeback
Ronald Susilo believes he can match the region’s best.

It's been four years since he announced his retirement as a national shuttler, but former Singapore No. 1 Ronald Susilo wants to make a comeback as the 34-year-old believes he can still match the best in South-east Asia.

After the recent retirements of Ashton Chen and Terry Yeo, and spurred on by his love for the sport and an intense desire to compete again, Susilo told The New Paper yesterday that he has set his sights on next year's South-east Asia Games, which Singapore will host from June 5 to 16.

"I have expressed my desire to play, but I have not reached a decision with the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) yet as they are now focused on the Thomas and Uber Cup," he said.

"We will meet and discuss when they (the men's and women's teams) are back from India."

"I just miss those times when I used to play and I believe I still have it in me," added the 2004 Olympic men's singles quarter-finalist.

"I'm confident I can still be competitive at the SEA Games level. Our main competitors will be Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

"Of course, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei will be tough because he is world No. 1, but the way I see it, the standard of the rest of the field is not as high as before."

Susilo has been mulling over a possible return for a month.

The former Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) student turned professional in 1998, and quickly established himself as Singapore's No.1.

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