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Badminton: World No. 1 Lee backs BWF Equipment Donation Project

Lee Chong Wei offered his backing to the BWF’s Equipment Donation Project and Shuttle Time programme.

Lee Chong Wei offered his backing to the BWF’s Equipment Donation and Shuttle Time programmes.

February 24, 2014: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has become the first player to contribute to the new BWF Equipment Donation Project. The Malaysian superstar endorsed the initiative by the BWF (Badminton World Federation) as he recently handed over some equipment to the governing body in Kuala Lumpur.


Lee’s and other donations will benefit children worldwide, giving them the opportunity to experience playing badminton through BWF’s Shuttle Time programme.


Thomas Lund, Secretary General of the BWF, said: “We have initiated this project to encourage the public to donate badminton rackets and other equipment they may not be using anymore but which are still in good condition.


“All the rackets, shuttles and other equipment we collect through the Equipment Donation Project will be sent to schools in lesser developed countries to deliver badminton to children. It’s another aspect of Shuttle Time – our grassroots development programme focused on schools. We want to make badminton the number one sport in schools and this will help our efforts.”


Starting with the upcoming Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships, there will be Equipment Donation booths at various BWF World Superseries and Grand Prix Gold tournaments at which players, fans and even equipment suppliers can drop off their contributions. Each Member Association hosting such an event will choose another Member Association to receive that donation.


Apart from giving some of their own equipment, elite players are also being asked to support this worthy venture with brief promos stating the following slogan: “Giving Every Child a Chance to Play. Donate Equipment Today.” Lee Chong Wei’s teammate Koo Kien Keat was the first to do so, also offering his backing to the project.


Source: BWF

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