Jakarta: Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo just auctioned off several items that brought significant meanings to his badminton career as a gesture of goodwill to raise money for victims of the coronavirus pandemic.
The World No. 1 men’s doubles player held the auction on Instagram Live on Monday (4/13/2020) night.
Two hours after the bidding opened, Sukamuljo’s racquet was easily the most sought after, and was sold for USD $2552.31 to Indonesian actor, Raffi Ahmad. That was the racquet he used when he won his first All England title in 2017.
The next most-wanted item was the jersey he wore when he won four prestigious tournaments in 2019, including the China Open Super 1000, the Danish Open Super 750, the French Open Super 750, and the Fuzhou China Open Super 750. The jersey fetched USD $1339.97, while his shoes was sold for USD $638.08.
Sukamuljo was glad to see that a lot of frontline workers were putting their lives on the line to help others during the coronavirus outbreak.
“It’s my pleasure to help those who are in need. Hopefully the proceeds collected through this auction would be helpful to people affected by the pandemic,” said Sukamuljo.
In fact, Sukamuljo was also affected by the coronavirus outbreak as the Badminton World Federation has cancelled all tournaments until end of July and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until next year.
“It is for the greater good of everyone, I don’t have problem with the postponement of the Olympics,” added Sukamuljo.