Former Malaysian badminton star Gunalan Panchacharan, who was one of the world’s finest players in the 1970s, died on Wednesday at the age of 68, a report said.
“Punch”, as he was known in badminton circles, and his doubles mate Ng Boon Bee were a force in world badminton in the early 1970s, winning the prestigious All-England championship and other major titles in 1971.
Gunalan also won singles titles at the 1970 Asian Games and 1974 Commonwealth Games.
He later served as a top official in Malaysia’s badminton governing body and the Badminton World Federation, and was elected the latter’s vice president in 1997.
The Star newspaper reported he passed away Wednesday. It did not give a cause of death but local media reports had said previously Gunalan had been battling liver cancer.
Badminton Association of Malaysia general manager Kenny Goh told AFP he received the news from Gunalan’s family but had no other details. AFP was not immediately able to reach his family.