Datuk Lee Chong Wei (LCW) will be the first Malaysian athlete to have a wax figure displayed at the famous Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
The Madame Tussauds museum in Hong Kong announced that the wax figure of the former national badminton champion is its way of paying homage to the superstar athlete's impact on the sport.
Lee, who retired in 2019, was ranked the world's top badminton player for a record 349 weeks and was also recently appointed as Malaysia's chef de mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
He sat through a six-hour detailing session for the wax figure
The museum said that throughout the six-hour sitting session, Lee Chong Wei provided full cooperation and from time to time, he joked around to lighten up the atmosphere.
When asked what delighted him the most during the sitting, Lee Chong Wei shared that he was impressed at how the team "recorded details so meticulously, including the colour of my hair and eyes!"
The former BWF Super Series Masters winner also took to his Facebook page to share the news with his fans saying, "I'm extremely honoured and grateful to be representing Malaysia. I hope that my wax figure will inspire more Malaysians to showcase their talent on the global stage."
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong head of marketing BoBo Yu said that with LCW's wax figure at its exhibition, they are hoping the famous museum would attract more sports fans around the world
"Malaysia is one of our important markets. We are indeed privileged to have such a brilliant athlete joining us," BoBo said, sharing her excitement on the latest addition to the attraction.
"We hope this will attract sports aficionados from Malaysia and all over the world to come and experience the magic of badminton displayed through the badminton superstar."
While he is the first-ever athlete from Malaysia, LCW is only the second Malaysian to be given the honour of having a wax figure at the museum
Malaysia-born Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh was the first Malaysian to have her wax figure put up for display at the world-famous museum many years ago.
According to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, LCW's wax figure will be unveiled in the second quarter of 2020.