Gunalan forced to quit world badminton body

May 29th, 2008 - 3:19 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Punch Gunalan has resigned as the deputy president and council member of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) following a “provisional” vote of no- confidence at its annual general meeting in Jakarta May 17. The BWF announcement came after Gunalan tendered his resignation Wednesday, ending his association with the world body for over two decades.

The AGM vote had to be provisional after a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Though the CAS is still to rule in the case, Gunalan decided to quit saying he “acknowledged the will of the membership” without waiting for the outcome of the arbitration.

Controversy has surrounded the top leadership of the BWF for a year now, beginning with Malaysian Badminton Association secretary Gangga Rao’s dismissal and then the world body president Kang Young-joong’s charge that his deputy Gunalan had usurped the president’s role.

Gunalan, the 1974 Commonwealth Games champion and all-England finalist the same year, is seen as the architect of the rally point system introduced two years ago to make the game more attacking and give a chance to lesser players to compete with the top guns.

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