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USA Badminton Announces Prospective Coach Nominees for the 2011 United States Pan American Games Badminton Team

Aug. 09, 2011, 1:21 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

August 9, 2011

 

USA Badminton Announces Prospective Coach Nominees for the 2011 United States Pan American Games Badminton Team

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Badminton has announced the prospective coach and team leader nominees for the 2011 United States Pan American Games Badminton Team.  Representing the United States of America as coaches and team leader of the eight badminton athlete that will compete in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 14-30, 2011 are:

 

Ignatius Rusli (Orange, Calif.), Men’s Head Coach

Ben Lee (San Jose, Calif.), Women’s Head Coach

Mohan Subramaniam (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Team Leader

Wendy Carter (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Replacement Coach

 

The coaches will be responsible for coaching the eight badminton athletes that will represent the United States of America in competition at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 14-30, 2011.  The athlete nominees for the 2011 United States Pan American Games Team – Badminton were originally announced in June and are as follows:

 

Women’s Team:

Iris Wang (Arcadia, Calif.)

Rena Wang (Arcadia, Calif.)

Eva Lee (Orange, Calif.)

Paula Obanana (Mountain View, Calif.)

 

Men’s Team:

Howard Bach (San Francisco, Calif./Orange, Calif.)

Tony Gunawan (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Sattawat Pongnairat (Long Beach, Calif.)

Halim Haryanto Ho (Milpitas, Calif.)

 

All nominations to the 2011 United States Pan American Games Team are pending final approval by the Chief Executive Officer of the United States Olympic Committee.

 

Cee Ketpura (Orange, Calif.) had qualified for nomination to the 2011 United States Pan American Games Team – Badminton, but withdrew from the event for personal reasons.  With Ketpura’s withdrawal, Iris Wang (Arcadia, Calif.) has now been nominated to the 2011 United States Pan American Games Team – Badminton.

 

The 2011 United States Pan American Games Badminton Team will be an interesting mixture of experience and youth.  The team will be led by three Olympians in Bach (U.S. 2004 and 2008), Gunawan (Indonesia 2000, Olympic gold medalist in men’s doubles) and Lee (U.S. 2008).  Bach and Gunawan, the 2005 World Champions in men’s doubles are well on their way to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England with Gunawan on track to being sworn in as a U.S. citizen in September 2011.  Similarly, Ho, a native of Indonesia, will soon become an official citizen of the United States of America.  Ho and Gunawan paired up to win the 2001 World Badminton Championship in men’s doubles in 2001.  Bach, Gunawan, Lee and Ho obviously bring a plethora of international experience to Team USA.  The remaining four members of the team, the Wang sisters, Pongnairat and Obanana, will all be looking to this event to gain valuable international experience and ranking points that could propel them to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

 

This will be Bach’s fourth Pan American Games.  At the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil he won the gold medal in mixed doubles with Lee and silver in men’s doubles with Khan “Bob” Malaythong (Rockville, Md.).  He won gold at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in men’s doubles with Kevin Han and silver in men’s doubles at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with Mark Manha.  In 2007, Lee captured the Pan American Games triple-crown, winning gold in women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

 

The 2011 Pan American Games will be held, October 14-30, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico.  The badminton competition is scheduled to take place from October 15-20th and will be held in Guadalajara’s Multipurpose Gymnasium.  Team USA will compete in women’s singles, men’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles.

 

Unlike the 2007 Pan American Games, the 2011 Pan American Games will count toward an athlete’s international ranking in the Badminton World Federation.  This makes the 2011 Pan American Games a very important qualifying event on the road to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

 

The Badminton World Federation’s Olympic Qualification season for the 2012 Olympic Games began on May 1, 2011 and will run through April 30, 2012.  Participation in the Olympic Games is solely determined by an athlete’s international ranking.  Five badminton events will be contested at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England; men’s doubles, women’s doubles, men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles.

 

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.

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