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Punch Gunalan Passes Away

Former BWF Deputy President, Punch Gunalan passed away early this morning after suffering for some time with ill health.

A passionate badminton player, coach and administrator, Punch Gunalan served with the IBF / BWF as an elected official for nearly 20 years up until 2008 - Council Member, Vice President and Deputy President. Punch was an IBF / BWF Council member from 1993 to 2008 but was first elected as member of the IBF Commtitee of Management, Open Badminton Committee and Tournamnet Committee in 1989.

Born April 2, 1944 in Sepang, Selangor Malaysia, Punch Gunalan was a former badminton star of Malaysia and arguably one of the finest combination doubles and singles players that the Malaysia has ever produced. The citation on the Olympic Council of Malaysia website reads:

“While Malaysians were overwhelmed in 1970 for losing the Thomas Cup, Gunalan defeated Indonesian legends Injartno and Mirjati in his doubles title game with partner Ng Boon Bee to regain Malaysia back in the world of badminton. Despite losing 2-7 to Indonesia at the championship, Gunalan's victory is something that we can still be proud of”.

“Gunalan was a talented right-hander. He was indeed among the finest combination doubles Malaysia has ever produced. In 1971, Gunalan and Boon Bee again became the top men's doubles team in the world, winning the prestigious All England title, as well as the Canadian, Danish and U.S Open titles. His gifted right-hand amazed people with his exiting smash”.










Achievements - Badminton Player

  • Malaysian National Champion in Men's Singles (1969, 1971) and Men's Doubles (1969)
  • All England Men's Doubles Champion (1971) and Runner-up in Men's Singles (1974)
  • Danish Open Men's Doubles Champion (1972)
  • Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist (Men's Doubles 1970, Men's Singles 1974)
  • Asian Games Gold Medalist in Men's Singles and Doubles (1970)
  • Men's Doubles Silver Medalist in Munich Olympics Badminton Demonstration (1972)
  • SEAP Games Men's Singles and Men's Doubles Gold Medalist (1969)
  • SEAP Games Men's Doubles Gold Medalist and Men's Singles Silver Medalist (1971)
  • SEAP Games Men's Singles Gold Medalist (1973)
  • Represented Malaysia in the Thomas Cup Finals (1970, 1972)



After his retirement from Badminton as a player, Punch Gunalan continued his career by coaching the Malaysian team (Badminton Association of  Malaysia) and fulfilling a wide range of administration roles at the Club, National and International levels.


Punch Gunalan was Deputy President of the BWF from 2005 to 2008 and a Vice President from 1997–2005. 

Punch Gunalan – 1944 - 2012

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