Madame Tussauds Singapore has finally unveiled the wax figure of former world no.1 badminton player, Lee Chong Wei today.

A household name in Malaysia – Lee Chong Wei is the first ever athlete from the country to grace the halls of Madame Tussauds. His wax figure will star alongside the world’s top athletes including legendary football players Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham.

Says Lee, “It feels surreal to see a perfect likeness myself at @mtssingapore Madame Tussauds Singapore. Can you tell who is the real me here? A big thank you to the team at Madame Tussauds for creating a realistic wax figure of me and I can’t wait for the world to see it. I am also extremely honoured to be the first Malaysian athlete to grace the Madame Tussauds’ halls.”

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Which is the real Lee?

“Fans worldwide can meet ‘me’ in Singapore before the wax figure moves permanently to Hong Kong in the first quarter of 2023. See you there!”

Lee marks his spot in the hall of fame with a record 349 weeks as the top badminton player worldwide – spending a consecutive 199 weeks at the top spot. With 69 super series titles under his belt, he has also represented Malaysia as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

In November 2019, Lee Chong Wei was put through a 6-hour ‘sitting’ as the team from Madame Tussauds meticulously took over 200 measurements of the iconic athlete. With much excitement and anticipation, Madame Tussauds Singapore is excited to debut Lee’s wax figure for fans in Southeast Asia before it makes its way back to its permanent residence in Hong Kong. Making the wax figure extra special, Lee had donated his official jersey from his final Olympics performance in Rio 2016.

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Over 200 measurements were taken

Steven Chung, General Manager, Madame Tussauds Singapore also reveals his excitement over playing host to the Lee Chong Wei wax figure.

“Sports legends are extraordinary, larger-than-life individuals who have the unique ability to capture the hearts of fans and inspire the younger generation from around the world. We are proud to be chosen as the first Madame Tussauds to display Lee, one of this region’s best ever, right here in Singapore, where he will stand among giants in our very own Sports ‘Hall of Fame’.”

Lee and wax figure
The wax figure wears Lee’s official jersey from his final Olympics performance in Rio 2016