Taufik HIDAYAT is an Indonesian badminton player. He is a former World and Olympic champion in men's singles. At a very young age, Hidayat joined the SGS Club in Bandung, where he trained under Iie Sumirat. Hidayat won the men's singles competition in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics and followed it up with another victory in the men's singles competition at the IBF World Championships, the next year. He also won the gold medal at the Asian Games twice- at Busan in 2002 and Doha in 2006. Hidayat's impressive techniques are his backhand, forehand jump smash, drop shot, smooth footwork and deceiving net play. He has helped Indonesia win the Sudirman Cup a staggering five times; the Thomas Cup, six times; and the Summer Olympics at Individual events, 4 times. As of 1st June 2012, he ranks no. 12 worldwide.