The veteran shuttler, who enjoyed one of the longest careers in badminton before retiring at age 37 in 2004, died last Thursday in Bangkok after battling lung cancer. He was 45 years old.
In their prime, he and long-time partner Tesana Panvisvas won the SEA Games gold medal in Brunei 2000 and two Asian Games silver medals, in Bangkok (1998) and Busan (2002). Teerawiwatana also won the national title 11 times and represented Thailand in Men’s Doubles at four Olympic Games – Barcelona (1992); Atlanta (1996); Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004).
The former world No. 2 doubles specialist (pictured left in photo with former partner, Sakrapee Thongsari) was one of the best badminton exponents his country ever produced and was coaching at the Thailand Badminton Association before illness struck.