IO – Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, the Indonesian men’s doubles player, auctioned off his belongings to be donated to the victims of the Coronavirus outbreak. Gear auctioned by Kevin consisted of a racquet, jersey and shoes that he used to wear when struggling on the badminton court.
The men’s doubles player ranking one world with Marcus Fernaldi Gideon hopes that the results of the auction of these items can reduce people’s burden.
In the auction conducted by Kevin on Instagram Live on Monday, April 13 evening with musician Armand Maulana, Kevin’s shoes sold for IDR 8 million, jersey IDR 21 million, and the racket bought by actor Raffi Ahmad with a fantastic value of IDR 40 million.
“Glad to be able to help those who are in need; hopefully the results of this auction will be useful at a time like this,” Kevin said as reported by the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI).
The items that Kevin is auctioning are goods that have great significance for him. The jersey that was auctioned was the jersey he wore when he won four prestigious level tournaments in 2019, namely the China Open Super 1000, the Danish Open Super 750, the French Open Super 750 and the Fuzhou China Open Super 750.
The racket that was auctioned off turned out to have its own memory. It is the racket that led him to his first All England title in 2017.
As an athlete, Kevin is also affected by the Coronavirus pandemic with the cancellation of the entire tournament for approximately five months, including the Tokyo Olympic summit which shifted to next year.
“If it is for the common good, then I don’t have a problem, but the Olympics are postponed,” said the player from PB Djarum.
“About the performance from a few years ago, just like this, if it is not where the fortune will go anyway. Saying again at peak performance, in the world championship it has not won yet,” he concluded.
Kevin, who with Marcus, is now ranked number one in the world, and will use the time available to polish their appearance. (rp)