My Sukan would like to extend condolence to the family of late Datuk Punch Gunalan
Datuk Punch Gunalan (2 April 1944 – 15 August 2012) was a male badminton star of Malaysia, considered one of the finest combination doubles and singles players that the country has ever produced. He was born in Sepang, Selangor.
He was a talented right-hander who spent what might have been some of the best years of his playing career competing only sporadically as a student in England. Gunalan did not represent Malaysia
in Thomas Cup
(the men’s world team championship) until the 1970
series in Kuala Lumpur
at the comparatively late “rookie” age of 26. Here Malaysia relinquished its title to Indonesia
in the final, 2–7, with Gunalan and Ng Boon Bee
in doubles gaining one of the two points. In 1971 Gunalan and Boon Bee were the leading men’s doubles team in the world, winning the prestigious All England
title, as well as the Danish
, and U.S. Open
Though perhaps less consistent in singles than he was in doubles, Gunalan was capable of playing it at the highest level. He reached the All-England
singles final in 1974, losing in three close games to the iconic Rudy Hartono
. He won singles at the quadrennial Asian Games
in 1970 and at the quadrennial Commonwealth Games
He passed away on 15 August 2012 after suffering from a critical illness. He was 68.
Datuk Punch passed away at 6.00am 15th August 2012 after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 68 when he passed away.