Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei celebrates his victory during the awards ceremony after the men’s singles final against Hong Kong’s Hu Yun at the Japan Open badminton tournament in Tokyo on June 15, 2014. — Picture by AFP

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — Badminton legend Lee Chong Wei has become the first Malaysian athlete to join the Madame Tussauds Hong Kong wax museum.

Lee, in his Instagram account, said he was so honoured to be the first Malaysian athlete to be part of the attraction in the first Madame Tussauds museum in Asia, which opened in 2000.

The 37-year-old Olympic silver medallist said his wax figure would be unveiled in the second quarter of this year.

“Can you guess what am I up to? I’m so honoured to be the first Malaysian athlete to join @madametussaudshongkong.

“Special shoutout to the team who were extremely patient and detailed during the sitting session.

“It was definitely a new experience for me.

“My wax figure will be unveiled in the second quarter of 2020. Stay tuned for more updates!” he said in his Instagram account @leechongweiofficial today.

The Hong Kong branch, located at the Peak Tower on Hong Kong Island, houses nearly 100 wax figures of internationally known personalities, with Asian figures taking up more than a third of the total, of which 16 were Hong Kongers.

The wax figures are featured in a range of themed settings such as Hong Kong Glamour, Music Icons, Historical and National Heroes, The Champions and World Premiere.

The other Madame Tussauds branches in Asia are in Shanghai, which opened in 2006, and Bangkok, which opened in 2010.


— Bernama