TOKYO - Former world champion Daisuke Takahashi said Tuesday he has decided to retire from competitive figure skating, ending a career that brought Japanese male singles skating to world prominence. "I am yet to decide what to do next. But I have decided to retire," said the bronze medallist from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic. "To move on with my life -- and the remaining part of my life will be long -- I needed to draw a line and retire from competition," said Takahashi, who for years has struggled with nagging knee pain that has affected his recent performance. Takahashi, 28, dubbed the "prince on ice" by his legion of female followers, was the first Japanese male figure skater to get an Olympic medal, to become the world champion (in 2010) and to win the ISU Grand Prix Final (in 2012).–AFP