USA Badminton Well Represented By Cee Ketpura and Zenas Lam at Inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Badminton was well represented at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games badminton tournament in Singapore. Cee Ketpura (Orange, Calif.) and Zenas Lam (Mountain View, Calif.) represented the United States in the girl’s and boy’s singles events respectively.
Bracket play in the badminton tournament commenced today, August 17 with quarterfinal action. At the conclusion of pool play, Ketpura just missed advancing from Pool B finishing second to Great Britain’s Sarah Milne. In quarterfinal action today, Milne defeated Josephine Wentholt of The Netherlands to advance to the semifinals.
Ketpura posted a record of two wins and one loss in pool play. She recorded victories over Austria’s Alexandra Mathis two games to none (21-10 and 21-9) and Lea Palermo of France, also two games to none (21-13 and 21-13). Her lone defeat was to Milne zero games to two (19-21 and 19-21).
In action in the boy’s singles tournament, Lam finished third in Pool A with a record of one win and two losses. Lam’s victory came against Ngosa Chongo of Zambia two games to none (21-15 and 21-14). He dropped matches against Mexico’s Job Castillo zero games to two (18-21 and 9-21) and to Ji Wook Kang of Korea zero games to two (16-21 and 9-21). Kang won the pool and advanced to the semifinals with his two games to one quarterfinal victory today over Evert Sukamata of Indonesia (21-11, 14-21 and 21-13).
About Team USA
The U.S. Team in Singapore is comprised of 82 athletes in 18 sports, the maximum number of qualified U.S. athletes. Team USA is competing in aquatics (swimming and diving), archery, badminton, basketball, boxing, equestrian, fencing, gymnastics, judo, modern pentathlon, sailing, table tennis, taekwondo, track & field, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling. Complete information on Team USA can be found at youtholympicgames.teamusa.org.
About the 2010 Youth Olympic Games
Singapore is hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games from Aug. 14-26, 2010, as young athletes aged 14-18 compete in 26 sports and take part in the Culture and Education Program. Approximately 3,600 athletes from around the world will participate, and all 205 National Olympic Committees will be represented. The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games aim to inspire youth to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. More information can be found at www.singapore2010.sg.
For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, NGB Media Services Director for USA Badminton at 719-330-2062. This press release is also available on the USOC’s media specific website at PRESSBOX.TEAMUSA.ORG.