Badminton player Tontowi Ahmad auctions jersey in COVID-19 fundraiser

Badminton player Tontowi Ahmad auctions jersey in COVID-19 fundraiser

Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir with the gold medals they won at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (ANTARA FOTO/REUTERS/Mike Blake/wdy/16/Sw)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian badminton player, Tontowi Ahmad, and two of his colleagues — Praveen Jordan and Rinov Rivaldy — will auction their tournament jerseys to raise funds for COVID-19 efforts.

In a post on his Instagram account, @tontowiahmad_, the player stated that funds raised from the auction will be channeled through the Isnan Ali Football Association for buying protective gear as well as basic necessities for people.

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ini baju yang kami lelang 1. tontowi ahmad kaos yg dipake di olimpiade 2.baju @rivaldyrinov yang di pake final kejuaraan dunia junior 3. @jordan_praveen baju untuk final juara denmark dan paris open .silahkan teman2 bisa tulis di comment untuk memulai bidding hasilnya 100% kita sumbangkan untuk beli APD dan sembako.. yang dimana @asiafootball25 @isnanbenoali akan menyalurkan danannya...semoga kebaikan teman2 dibalas tuhan yme #covid19 #corona #salingberbagiituindah dan nanti malam kita akan live ig lagi dan yang mau ikut berbagi tanpa ikut lelang bisa langsung transfer ke no rek bri 7450-01-005904-53-6 an noor aulia sari terimakasih teman2

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For the auction, Ahmad has chosen a jersey he wore during the 2016 Olympics in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, when he and Liliyana Natsir won gold in the mixed doubles category.

Meanwhile, Jordan is auctioning his jersey from the Denmark Open and Paris Open tournaments, which he played with partner Melati Daeva Oktavianti.

Another mixed doubles player, Rivaldy, has chosen the jersey he wore when he and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari won gold at the 2017 World Junior Championship.

This is not the first time that Indonesian badminton players have put their personal items up for auction to help fight the COVID-19 crisis. World number one in men's doubles, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, had earlier auctioned his shoes, jersey, and racket, in collaboration with musician Armand Maulana, to raise around Rp71 million (around US$4,500). (INE)

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