Obituary: BWF Loses Stalwart “Uncle Jeya”

Badminton World Federation Resource Centre Officer, Ronald Jeyanathan, passed away on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack last week.

“Uncle Jeya”, as he was fondly known to the BWF staff and Council members, joined the BWF in 2006 as an archivist and helped to develop the Resource Centre after the office moved to Kuala Lumpur in late 2005.

His great sense of humour and passion for badminton were infectious and he will be deeply missed by his friends and colleagues in the badminton fraternity.

Jeyanathan – who would have celebrated his 74th birthday on 19 December – began his career as a teacher but went on to join Radio and Television Malaysia (RTM) and established himself as an announcer and broadcaster. Dubbed by many as the “man with the golden voice” in the 1970s, Jeyanathan went on to head the sports unit of the English network on RTM.

He also contributed significantly to the Badminton Asia Confederation as its media representative in 1998 and helped to develop its first badminton magazine called “Perspective”.

Jeyanathan, whose funeral was held in Kuala Lumpur today, is survived by his wife, Rita de Silva, three children and four grandchildren.

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