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Olympic-bound shuttlers get first taste of heroic moment in Indonesia

Known for throwing a good party, the 2012 Djarum Indonesia Open have lived up to the expectations with its "super heroes" theme at its Welcome Party this year.

Held at the Grand Ballroom of Sultan Hotel, the OSIM BWF World Superseries Premier event's Welcome Party attended by officials, sponsors, players and the media was a perfect fusion of old and new flavors.

From modern dance performances to traditional Indonesian costume parade, the evening was a scrumptious appetizer to the Superseries Premier event that boasts the second highest prize kitty of USD650,000.

London 2012 Olympic-bound players led by Indonesia's golden boy Taufik Hidayat (pictured right), accompanied by his entourage of Chris Adcock, Lee Yong-dae, Jan O Jorgensen, Tan Yuhan and Tontowi Ahmad (pictured right), sportingly took to the stage donning traditional Indonesian super heroes costumes.

Courageous ladies, who are also appearing in London this summer, such as Petya Nedelcheva, Greysia Polii, Ashwini Ponnappa, Lianne Tan, joined the men in their heroic pursuits shoulder-to-shoulder.

It is a proud reminder that badminton remains one of the few sports in the world where men and women receive equal prize money thereby  promoting gender equality through sport.

The hosts also threw a surprise birthday celebration for who they have dubbed the "most eligible bachelor of the night" - 27-year-old Pablo Abian (pictured left) - who will also be wearing Spanish colours in London this summer. While Austria's Peter Zauner bagged an iPad in a lucky draw.

The night was rounded up with the hosts imparting the traditional flute playing skills to the guests, and the tune of Twinkle Twinkle was played in considerable harmony filled up the room and perhaps symbolic of what the next five days at the Istora Senayan Stadium will be about: A star-studded time no less.

View photos of the Welcome Party on our Facebook Fan Page here, and if you have missed our Live tweeting of the Welcome Party, catch up here.

Results of the Qualifying day of the 2012 Djarum Indonesia Open can be found here.

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