10th September 2017
Japan: Home of Yonex and the venue for the Japan Para-Badminton International 2017 tournament.
Our first stop on the World Tour 2017, took us to Tokyo, Japan – the home of Yonex.
This is the first time that a Legends’ Vision event has been held in Japan and 3,200 spectators flocked to the Machida City General Gymnasium on 10th September for an event that was brimming with excitement and high expectations.
The event did not disappoint and all five legends appeared and performed in a badminton spectacular – the first time they have all appeared together since the newest legend, Lee Yong Dae, joined Peter Gade, Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat.
As part of the event, the Legends organised a junior clinic assisted by the Japanese national team and welcomed special guests, and newest Ambassadors to The Legends’ Vision, Rexy Mainaky of Indonesia and Yoo Yeon Seong of South Korea for a “3 on 3” badminton match. Rexy displayed an outstanding sense of humour after making a mistake against one of the juniors and knelt before them to apologise!
In another performance from the Legends, Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan and Peter Gade teamed up in a 3 against 3 match, followed by a show-match between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan, which kept the fans on the edge of their seats as the superstars treated everyone to an intense 1 on 1 battle.
Preceding the Legends’ Vision event in Tokyo was the HULIC DAIHATSU Para-Badminton International 2017. Para-badminton will become an official Paralympic sport at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games and as part of the Legends’ Vision, Yonex wishes to inspire para-badminton players to reach their full potential.
The para-badminton players from the tournament joined the Yonex Legends for a thrilling doubles match. Closing the event, Peter Gade, spoke on behalf of the Legends saying “I was very happy to see the Japanese and Japanese fans and it was also my goal to support para-badminton. From here on in I want to make badminton more interesting and support further badminton activities.” Taufik Hidayat went on to add: “The strength and the spirit of the para players, is an example to other athletes.”
The parting gift and legacy that our five legends left behind in Japan, was the donation of the proceeds from the event to help strengthen and develop para-badminton players through the Japan Disabled People Badminton Federation.
View the gallery below to find out exactly what happened.