The following post was written by Karyn.
Four Special Olympics Singapore athletes had the opportunity to play in friendly unified doubles matches with the Singapore National Badminton players last Saturday, as part of the Li-Ning Youth International Series 2011.
The Singapore Badminton Association invited the athletes to be part of the tournament’s activities, matching each athlete with a National player to make a unified pair.
Featured Team Singapore shuttlers included four recent medalists in the Southeast Asian Games — Derek Wong, Shinta Mulia Sari, Fu Ming Tian and Yao Lei. Their athlete partners were Mohd. Rausyan, Salihin Sinai, Tan Too Sheng, and Rachel Lee. Rausyan won a Gold medal in Badminton Singles and Silver in Badminton Doubles at this year’s Special Olympics World Summer Games, while Salihin, Too Sheng and Rachel have competed in local badminton tournaments.