Fresh after Lee Chong Wei’s Olympic final exploits … Punch Gunalan, a badminton hero in the early 1970s, passed away this morning at the age of 68 after a battle with liver cancer.
For me, the most memorable moment in his career was when Gunalan, better known as a doubles player, gave Indonesia’s singles legend Rudy Hartono a fright in the 1974 All-England singles final, stretching him to three games. Unfortunately, he couldn’t sustain the pace in the rubber game.
Gunalan and Ng Boon Bee had formed a formidable doubles pair – at a time when China was on the verge of entering the world badminton stage.
He later went on to become chief coach of Malaysia’s memorable Thomas Cup winning team in 1992.
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