Badminton Preview
Heading into the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, USA Badminton will look to repeat its outstanding performance from the 2015 Games in Toronto.

The United States finished tied for the most medals in badminton with six – including three golds – and several athletes from the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games Team will be returning to the competition in Lima.

Phillip Chew won two gold medals for Team USA at the 2015 Pan American Games as a competitor in men’s doubles and mixed doubles. He will return to Pan American Games competition in Lima as a member of the U.S. men’s doubles team.

Three other medal winners from the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games Team are returning in 2019, including Paula Lynn Obanana, Howard Shu and Iris Wang.

Obanana captured a gold medal in women’s doubles in Toronto. She will join 2015 men’s singles bronze medalist Shu to form the mixed doubles team.

Wang earned a bronze in women’s singles at the 2015 Pan American Games, and she returns to compete in the same event in Lima.

Rounding out Team USA are Kuei Ya Chen, Ryan Chew, Jamie Hsu and Timothy Lam. Chen and Hsu will form the women’s doubles team, while Phillip Chew joins Ryan Chew on the men’s doubles team. Lam will compete in men’s singles.

Several Team USA athletes are entering the competition in Lima following standout performances at the 2019 Pan American Individual Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Shu reached the quarterfinals in men’s singles, while Phillip and Ryan Chew reached the quarterfinals in men’s doubles. 

Competition results from the 2019 Pan American Games will count towards Team USA members’ respective world rankings for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Games is based on results achieved at specific events during the qualification period from April 29, 2019 to April 26, 2020. 

Team USA will compete in badminton events from Monday, July 29 through Friday, Aug. 2 at the Villa Deportiva Nacional.