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Jul 07 USA Badminton Announces Prospective Nominees for the 2011 United States Pan American Games Badminton Team

July 07, 2011, 3:14 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

July 7, 2011

 

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

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With the conclusion of the 2011 U.S. Pan American Games Badminton Team Trials and the specified international ranking period in accordance with the official selection procedures for the 2011 United States Pan American Games Team - Badminton, USA Badminton announces the following prospective nominees to represent the United States of America at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico:

 

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.)

 

Women’s Team:

Cee Ketpura (Orange, Calif.)

Rena Wang (Arcadia, Calif.)

Eva Lee (Orange, Calif.)

Paula Obanana (Mountain View, Calif.)

 

All 2011 United States Pan American Games Team nominations are subject to final acceptance by the United States Olympic Committee.

 

Earning their prospective nomination to the 2011 U.S. Pan American Games Badminton Team through their Badminton World Federation ranking as of May 12, 2011 were the men’s doubles team of Howard Bach (San Francisco, Calif./Orange, Calif.) and Tony Gunawan (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Needing a BWF ranking in the top 25 to earn automatic nomination to the 2011 U.S. Pan American Games Team; Bach and Gunawan were ranked an impressive 14th in the Badminton World Federation’s men’s doubles rankings on May 12, 2011.

 

Earning their prospective nomination by their placing at the recent 2011 United States Pan American Games Team Trials for Badminton held at the Orange County Badminton Club in Orange, Calif. were Cee Ketpura (Orange, Calif.), Rena Wang (Arcadia, Calif.), Eva Lee (Orange, Calif.), Paula Obanana (Mountain View, Calif.), Sattawat Pongnairat (Long Beach, Calif.) and Halim Haryanto Ho (Milpitas, Calif.).

 

For complete results from the 2011 United States Pan American Games Team Trials for Badminton please visit:  http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=3A286980-5D24-4DAB-ADC7-1FF042A66EE0.

 

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.  Ketpura, a 2010 Youth Olympian, will be looking to earn valuable ranking points that could propel her to the 2012 Olympic Games as will fellow teammates Pongnairat, Wang and Obanana.

 

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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