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Indonesia's badminton great Nyoo Kiem Bie dies
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16:09, January 09, 2008

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Indonesian badminton great Nyoo Kiem Bie had died late Monday at St. Vincentius RKZ Hospital in Surabaya, capital of East Java province, local newspaper The Jakarta Post said Wednesday.

Bie, who helped the country win the Thomas Cup for the first time in 1958 in Singapore, had been in the hospital for several days receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness.

Pairing with Tan King Gwan or Darmawan Saputra, the burly 180 centimeter tall Bie, produced the historic win in the men's team championship that to this day remains one of the most prestigious team events in the country.

Despite his "giant build", Bie was known as a "friendly person and a bit sensitive", R.S. Rachmat, PBSI's former East Java chapter chairman, wrote in a book on Indonesian shuttlers published in 1994.

"Nyoo Kiem Bie always shed tears whenever he was upset or angry," he wrote.

Bie hung up his racket in 1965 and went on to coach several major badminton clubs, including much respected Djarum and Surya Naga, as well as the national squad in 1969.

Source: Xinhua

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