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Author of new circuit, now a forgotten figure

Punch Gunalan looks tired. Perhaps it’s the heart operation he’d had, or perhaps it’s just age — he will soon be 67 — but the man who once ruled badminton looks careworn and able to speak only in a near-whisper. “Let God decide if I have to come back into badminton,” he says, but you sense he doesn’t have it in him to fight any more. Continue reading

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Hurtling nowhere

The badminton circuit needs to be reworked to attract mass interest. The administration needs to reconnect with the game’s European connections; the romance of the All England and other older tournaments must be rekindled, and the Super Series reworked. The packaging cannot be sold instead of the content. Badminton has not been allowed to fulfill its global potential. Will 2009 be different? Continue reading

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Hasta la vista, Punch

When ‘Datuk’ Punch Gunalan, badminton’s most powerful figure of the last two decades, resigned as Deputy President of the world body on May 17, there was disbelief on the circuit. After all, this was a man who had a reputation for wriggling out of tight corners, and was known to have outmanoevred his way out of the stickiest of situations. Continue reading

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