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June 6, 2011
Huge Success for Solibad, and for Badminton

Some of the participants from the 65 cities who took part in the world's biggest Flashmob ever performed on Sunday June,5.(Photo by Solibad)
by Raphael Sachetat, AIPS Badminton Commission

PARIS, June 6, 2011 - 


On June 5th 2011, Badminton and the Foundation SOLIBAD - Badminton 
without Borders entered History by performing the world's biggest 
Flashmob ever performed, as more than 65 cities participating in the 1st 
"SOLIBAD Day", which was celebrated in iconic places all over the world.



The Flashmob started out in Australia and New Zealand, and slowly 
progressed throughout the rest of the world, with incredible images of 
badminton players of all ages, taking a racket and performing a 
badminton routine - like a dance, in front of often astonished 
pedestrians. Some were big flashmobs. Some small ones. Some under a 
bright sun. Some under pouring rain.

Some epic stories behind this event, which is quite unique in the world:



In Bangkok, Thailand, the Solibad Ambassadors decided to make up for 
their frustration of not being able to lead the flashmob in their own 
countries and decided to go for a last minute impressive Flashmob in 
front of a Thai Temple, led by Pi Hongyan and followed by some of the 
world's top stars who participate in the upcoming Thailand Open.



In Indonesia, Greysia Polii and Vita Marisa were together with former 
Legend Hariyanto Arbi to perform the Flashmob in Jakarta's Central Park 
Mall, at the public's biggest surprise. Few hours before Rexy Mainaky 
and Koo Kien Keat had done the same outside the famous Bukit Jalil 
Stadium, home of the Malaysian Open.

But not only great stars joined the event.

Passionate coaches and 
players, in the east coast of Brazil, home of the Olympics, performed an 
amazing Flashmob by the beach, in Copacabana and other regions. An 
Italian player drove back and forth 7 hours from his home town to Milan 
and back because the rain was too heavy to have it in the Italian 
capital of style, before ending up making a last minute but colorful 
Flashmob in his little village.



In less than 24 hours, Russia set up their own Flashmob, with all 
National Players changing shirts for the Solibad Colorful shirts and 
performed a joyful flashmob in front of Moscow's library.

One of the most touching flashmob was held during the para-badminton 
tournament (for handicapped players).

In Dortmund, Germany, where Solibad 
Ambassador David Toupé together with his friends launched another unique 
Flashmob -- on wheels - joined by the staff of the tournament, ending in 
shouts of joy and happiness.

Also, amongst the amazing stories on this first "Solibad Day", 15 
teenagers in France took the lift up to one of the highest points of 
Europe, and performed a Flashmobs wearing heavy coats under the snow, at 
3842, scooping there a record for the world's highest flashmob

In spite of the rain, sometimes, of the concurrence of Nadal and Federer 
battling in the Roland Garros final, all badminton lovers joined this 
unique event, all around the world.



No less than 65 cities from over 40 countries participated in the event, 
with all local organizers and participants already calling for more next 
year, for the second Solibad Day.



"This is a huge success for us. It shows what a big family badminton is. 
It also shows, that, in these days and ages, it is possible to do 
something positive, to unite the whole world, with very limited 
resources. Only with people who are passionate about what they do. We 
wanted to do this to send out a message that the badminton fraternity is 
very powerful and active all over the world, and ready to support 
projects like the ones we have for SOLIBAD, in a joyful manner. I'm just 
very happy and proud today" said Solibad Founder Raphael Sachetat.

"We will be back for other surprises next year. We'll make it even 
bigger" said the French born.

Images speak more than words.



A special YOUTUBE Channel has been dedicated to this amazing event and 
Media can download the images on simple request for editorial needs.

More than 40 flashmobs are already on the Channel. More will come soon...

http://www.youtube.com/user/Flashmob2011?feature=mhee

Photos are also available on request.

Here is the video Trailer of the event :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEIEslOEkts

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