They form part of a new batch of ambassadors for the ‘i am badminton’ integrity awareness campaign – a platform through which players advocate and commit to clean and honest play.
The pair said they were honoured to be role models for the playing group and the entire badminton community.
“Our appointment as ambassadors demonstrates the trust and recognition that BWF has of us.
“We are public figures that often appear on TV so we are accountable for every word we speak and for all our actions.
“People will be mindful of the respect and passion that we show towards competition and hopefully learn from us,” said Huang.
“Once we step on court, we need to respect the technical officials and our opponents and to play our best under fair and equal conditions,” added Zheng.
“This is what every athlete must do.”
The new batch of ambassadors continue the great work of a number of elite players, past and present, who have fronted the campaign since 2016.
Collectively, they will help to communicate to the playing group the key messages of the campaign and will attend badminton and Para badminton tournaments where they will share with future generations their commitment to clean and honest badminton.
“Since we were young, we were taught the importance of fair competition. So, in my opinion, clean and honest play is an important element of sports integrity,” says Zheng.
“It is especially important for young kids. They must have the right work ethic and habit from a very young age.
“When they grow up, they can then continue to practice and promote these moral values.”
“My parents were the most influential people in my life growing up,” says Huang.
“They were the ones who encouraged me to play badminton when I was young. With their guidance and support, they’ve also taught me to compete fairly and to set a good example.”
Find out more about the work of BWF’s Integrity Unit here.