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Jun 12 Four London Olympians to Conduct 2012 CP Badminton Youth Camp

June 12, 2012, 6:19 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release
June 12, 2012

Four London Olympians to Conduct 2012 CP Badminton Youth Camp, August 17-19, 2012 in College Point, N.Y.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Fresh off competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England four Olympians will visit College Point, N.Y. to conduct the 2012 CP Badminton Youth Camp at the CP Badminton Club, August 17-19.  Americans Howard Bach (San Francisco, Calif./Anaheim, Calif.) and Tony Gunawan (Surabaya, Indonesia/West Covina, Calif.) will be joined by Germany’s Marc Zwiebler and Michael Fuchs as instructors for the camp which is intended to acquaint 60 youth badminton players aged 8-22 years with internationally elite level badminton.

The four Olympians will not only serve as camp instructors, but will also compete against each other in a badminton exhibition match dubbed by the organizers as a One Night Dream Match in New York, as the highlight of the youth camp opening ceremony on August 17 at the CP Badminton Club from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.  This special exhibition match is open to the public and admission is free.

The 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London, England, July 27th to August 12th, 2012.  Bach and Gunawan will represent the United States of America competing in the men’s doubles badminton tournament, which will be contested July 28th to August 5th.  Bach and Gunawan originally teamed up in men’s doubles in 2005 to win the first-ever World Championship title for the United States in the sport of badminton.  For that accomplishment Bach and Gunawan were named the overall Team of the Year for 2005 by the United States Olympic Committee.  The 2005 World Badminton Championships was held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif. just down the street from the Orange County Badminton Club where Bach and Gunawan both trained.  With Gunawan having been sworn in as a U.S. citizen on September 6, 2011, the two have their sights set squarely on bringing home the first-ever Olympic medal for the United States in the sport of badminton.  The 2012 Olympic Games in London, England will be the third Olympic Games for Bach and the second for Gunawan.  Bach represented the U.S. in badminton men’s doubles at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece with Kevin Han as a partner and then again at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China with Khan “Bob” Malaythong, where they made history for the U.S. by reaching the quarterfinals round of the Olympic badminton tournament.  Gunawan won the Olympic gold medal in men’s doubles with Candra Wijaya at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia for Indonesia.  Gunawan also won gold at the 2001 World Badminton Championships with fellow Indonesian native and now U.S. citizen Halim Haryanto Ho in men’s doubles.  Gunawan now coaches at the San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club in Pomona, Calif.

Fuchs has qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England in mixed doubles with Birgit Michels, while Zwiebler has qualified in men’s singles.  Fuchs has won the gold medal in mixed doubles at the 2010 U.S. Open Grand Prix Badminton Championships and the 2011 Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton Championships.  He was a semifinalist in mixed doubles at the 2011 Yonex Open Japan Super Series and won the silver medal in men’s doubles at the 2012 European Badminton Championships.  Zwiebler is considered Germany’s best badminton player of all-time.  He is an Olympian having competed in the reached the third round of the men’s singles badminton tournament at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.  He started playing badminton at the age of six years old and was a 19 times German youth and junior champion.  Ranked number 14 in the world, he is the reigning European Champion and a six-time German National Champion in men’s singles.

The 2012 CP Badminton Youth Camp participants will be separated into three groups based on ability level (beginner, intermediate and advanced).  Each training day will consist of six to eight one hour sessions between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.  The camp is open for 60 badminton athletes between the ages of 8-22 years.  Camp fees are $250 per camper.  The camp itself will be a closed event and only available to registered campers and their parents/guardians.

The 2012 CP Badminton Youth Camp and the special exhibition One Night Dream Match in New York is made possible by the Yonex Corporation, CP Badminton Club, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York Office, USA Badminton and the Northeast Badminton Association.  The camp and exhibition will be held at the CP Badminton Club at 20-24 119th Street, College Point, NY  11356.  The CP Badminton Club was founded in August 2008 as the first ever facility built exclusively for badminton in New York City.  The state-of-the-art badminton facility boasts four snapcourts and three Badminton World Federation approved badminton floor mats.  The club is the only badminton club on the east coast and one of only four in the country to utilize the Yonex Acourmats which offer maximum shock absorption and greatly reduce impact and loading injuries.  The facility is equipped with high efficient, high output fluorescent lamps most suitable for a badminton gymnasium.  With a ceiling height exceeding the BWF height requirement at 33 ft., the facility is well ventilated and fully heated during the winter.  The CP Badminton Club is online at www.cpbadminton.com.

Click here for the camp registration form.

For more information on the 2012 CP Badminton Youth Camp and the special exhibition match, please contact Junichi Kasuga at 917-882-1210 or via e-mail at jkasuga@cpbadminton.com), Dennis Ng at 347-368-4124 or via e-mail at dennis@cpbadminton.com) or Cecil Bleiker, NGB Media Services Director for USA Badminton at 719-330-2062 or via e-mail at cbleiker@yahoo.com).  This press release is also available on the USOC’s media specific website at PRESSBOX.TEAMUSA.ORG.

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