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Former Malaysian badminton star Gunalan dies at 68

Published on Aug 15, 2012 11:55 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - 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.

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