Video Courtesy: C.K. Lau, http://www.Asia Trend.org.
by Shally Wong, Asia Trend Staff
Over 320 players, the majority from California, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington entered in 25 different events. The event featured five age groups and categories– boys and girls singles, boys and girls doubles and mixed doubles. The U.S. Junior National Badminton Championships is the largest badminton tournament held in the United States. The championships have become a premier platform for up and coming junior players across the nation to showcase their talent and compete in a high exposure, top-tier competition.
Kelvin Chong, 11-year-old travelling with his dad Yong from San Jose, California was among the 325 junior players.
“I play five days a week, two hours every day,” said Kevin. He started playing badminton when he was eight. Kevin loves the sport because of his teammate’s encouragement.
This championship tournament was June 29th through July 4th at ClearOne Badminton Orlando. That’s the first time the games were played outside of California, which has hosted the tournament the last 10 years.
CEO Darryl Yung opened the center in 2012 with Badminton World Federation approved Olympic court surfaces.
“Badminton needs to get into the schools starting with elementary so they can grow up knowing the sport,” said Yung.
ClearOne Badminton Orlando offers coaching by Indonesian top player Hendry Winarto. Check out http://www.clearonebadminton.com/orlando for more information.
USA Badminton is the national governing body for the sport in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Badminton World Federation.