Talk about one last shot at glory.
Former Singaporean badminton icon Ronald Susilo is gunning for a spot on the 2015 Southeast Asian Games squad, according to a statement released by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) on Thursday evening.
The 34-year-old, who retired from the sport in 2010, said: "I want to rejoin Team Singapore as I wish to play in next year’s SEA Games. The Games are held on home ground and with my presence as a senior player, I hope to support the team and guide my juniors.”
Susilo first sprang into national – and global – consciousness with a victory over badminton great Lin Dan at the 2004 Olympics. The Indonesia native was once ranked sixth in the world at the peak of his powers, but has been less outstanding at a regional level: his best achievement at the SEA Games remains a bronze in singles and a silver in the team event.
“We welcome any Singaporean who can contribute to Team Singapore and will access his suitability accordingly. Ronald has already started training and sharing his experience with our players," said SBA CEO Ronnie Lim.
He added: "We are currently in the process of working out a competition schedule to prepare him for competing at the highest level. As time draws closer to SEA Games, we will conduct selection trials to give everybody, including Ronald, a fair chance of participation.
Susilo, currently a coach at his own badminton academy, last tasted action in the doubles event at the 2012 Singapore Open.