OBITUARY – Indra Gunawan makes last flight

Former National coach for Malaysia and Indonesia, and one of the most respected figures of the world tour, Indra Gunawan passed away in his home of Jakarta yesterday, at 61, […]

Former National coach for Malaysia and Indonesia, and one of the most respected figures of the world tour, Indra Gunawan passed away in his home of Jakarta yesterday, at 61, after a long disease – Indra was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago.

Raphael Sachetat. Photo : Badmintonphoto (archives)

Indra was well known for his key part in Lee Chong Wei’s amazing debuts, back when he was head coach for the National team of Malaysia. The world number one was deeply saddened by the passing of his former mentor.

My plan was to visit him when I arrive in Jakarta for the Indonesian Open. But unfortunately, I will not get the chance to say good bye to him,” said Chong Wei. “I knew he was in critical condition during the Pahang Open recently. In fact, I spoke to him a few days ago and told him to hang in there and wait until I turn up in Jakarta,” he told Malaysia’s The Star.

Indra Gunawan will be greatly missed by all the badminton community and Badzine wishes to send their condolances to his close friends and family.

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