PETALING JAYA: One is a legend. The other is on track to becoming one.
So, get ready for some electrifying action when South Korea’s Park Joo-bong teams up with young jewel Lee Yong-dae in a men’s doubles exhibition match during the “One night with stars” badminton concert, scheduled to be held in Geneva on March 14 – a day after the All-England in Birmingham.
This unique badminton concert, which will also feature musicians, is a charity drive organised by Solibad – Badminton Without Borders.
The money collected from the concert will go towards the charity foundation of Solibad and used to help under-privileged children and people around the world.
It is the badminton stars and fans’ way of giving back to the community.
Besides Joo-bong and Yong-dae, the other badminton stars set to grace the event are Denmark’s Peter-Gade Christensen, England’s Nathan Robertson, France’s Pi Hongyan and Denmark’s Mathias Boe.
Besides exhibition matches, these shuttles will also reveal their trick shots to the public.
Raphael Sachetat, Solibad president and founder, said in a press release at www.solibad.net: “For Solibad, after just over one year of existence, it is a dream come true to be able to gather so many artists – musicians and shuttlers – for an event which will later be broadcast to the whole world on an online platform, with all benefits from the streaming going to the foundation.”
For the record, Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat is also one of Solibad’s sports ambassador and was involved in several charity drives to support orphanages in Kuala Lumpur.