1st December 2018
The Legends Vision Korea 2018 a Smash Hit
The Legends’ Vision World tour first-ever stop in Korea, providing its newest member, Lee Yong Dae, the chance to host in his home country. Lin Dan, Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat joined him, and together they attracted a crowd of thousands.
The event informally kicked off the day before where Lee, Dan, Gade and Hidayat held a clinic for local youth at Incheon National University. Young badminton players from nearby badminton clubs were treated to an informal session with the Legends.
The main event was held at Nam Dong Stadium, built in 2014 for the Asian Games. Following Lee Yong Dae opening remarks the crowd were treated to a video message from Lee Chong Wei, who unfortunately was unable to be there in person.
The Legends were joined on court by “local legends,” for some friendly 11-point matches. After the on-court action, the Legends led a lucky draw where fans won autographed racquets that had been used by the players themselves.
Next up, Lin Dan faced off against local junior Kim Tae Kwan, an 18-year old who will play for Team Yonex from next year and then Yu Yong Sun and Lee Yong Dae each paired with 13-year-old Junior National Team members and twin sisters, Kim Min Sun and Kim Min Ji.
The final match saw “Team Legends Vision” take on “Team Korea,” as Peter Gade rotated in Lin Dan, Taufik Hidayat and Lee Yong Dae, facing off against a rotating roster of Yoo Yeon-seong, Kim Gi-jung and Ha Tae-kwon.
Following the final remarks by Lee Yong Dae, Yonex Korea President C.W. Kim, and Yonex Chairman Ben Yoneyama, fans had the chance to win personalized and signed badminton bags filled with racquets and shuttles, as well as signed t-shirts.
All proceeds from the day are to be donated to the Legends’ Vision legacy program.
The Legends’ Vision was founded with the stated purpose to travel the world, helping to ensure a strong future and growth for global badminton. Through the program, both the Legends and Yonex strive to provide a bright future for today’s aspiring badminton stars.