2010 World Junior Champhionships: Team USA All Set In Guadalajara, Mexico

April 16, 2010, 4:24 a.m. (ET)
The US Team for the 2010 World Junior Championships arrived safely in Guadalajara, Mexico on April 14, 2010. The championships is scheduled to run from April 16-23. The US Team is led by a strong management and coaching team: Manager - Ray Ng, Assistant Managers - Wayne Lum and Amy Ng, Head Coach, Andy Chong and Assistant Coach, Paula Obanana.

The World Junior Championships which is held annually, consists of two separate events: a team event (Suhadinata Cup) and is followed by an individual event (Bimantara Cups).  The World Junior Championships is considered the platform for launching future world class juniors.

This is the first time in many years that USA is sending a "complete team" of committed juniors with such a strong support team. The team comprises of five boys (Brendan Lum, Charlie Yang, Marvin Lin, Yau Hwa Chan, Zenas Lam) and five girls (Emily Kan, Karine Hsu, Phoebe Lin, Samantha Li, Sharon Ng). The team is also accompanied by a number of passionate parents who have volunteered to provide moral and vocal support for the team.

This year's championship series has attracted 277 players from 38 including all the powerful Asian teams - China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, and Hong Kong.  Also participating are our Pan American neighbors Canada and Peru.

Besides the strong opponents, the young US players will also have to quickly adjust to the Guadalajara's high altitude (5,200 ft) and mid to high 80's temperatures. As soon as half the team arrived on April 14, the coaches wasted no time to get them on court to ensure that they got the feel of the altitude and temperatures. Yesterday, all the players had the opportunity to practise as Team USA and attended a team meeting.

The team competition begins today and USA is pooled with India and Denmark in Group Z2.  USA will play first against India at 12:00pm and then Denmark at 7:00pm.  Once the pool order is decided, our group will play teams from Group Z1.

Brief history of the World Junior Championships
The BWF World Junior Championships was first hosted in Jakarta in 1992 and the event is now firmly established as an elite world junior tournament. Primarily envisaged as a development-based event, the tournament still attracts a wide variety of nations. It is the first opportunity for young badminton players to represent their country in a world event, to experience top level competition - the stars of the future.

The BWF World Junior Championships has been hosted in a variety of cities across the world from Pretoria in South Africa, to Melbourne in Australia.

Previous Hosts
Jakarta (INA)
Kuala Lumpur (MAS)
Silkeborg (DEN)
Melbourne (AUS)
Guangzhou (CHN)
Pretoria (RSA)
Vancouver (CAN)
Incheon (KOR)
Waitakere, Auckland (NZL)
Pune (IND)
Alor Setar (MAS)