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Indra Gunawan (badminton)

Indra Gunawan (September 23, 1947 in Surakarta – June 7, 2009 in Jakarta) was an Indonesian badminton player and coach. As a player from Indonesia he specialized in men's doubles. As a coach he was the National coach from both Indonesia and Malaysia.

Indra Gunawan
Personal information
Birth nameLie Tjuan Sien
Country Indonesia
Born(1947-09-23)September 23, 1947
Surakarta, Indonesia
DiedJune 7, 2009(2009-06-07) (aged 61)
Jakarta, Indonesia
EventMen's Doubles

Sporting Career as a playerEdit

Gunawan finished third in the 1970 Asian Games in doubles with Rudy Hartono and won the Men's team gold for Indonesia at the 1970 Asian Games event in Bangkok, Thailand. In the 1970 Thomas Cup in Kuala Lumpur, he became men's team world champion with the Indonesian squad, as well as 1973 in Jakarta, where he however was not selected in the final. In 1971 he won the Asian Cup in Men's doubles with Nara Sudjana in Jakarta. In the All England, he reached the final in 1971, and 1973 the semifinals.


Season Event Discipline Rank Name
1970 Asian Games Men's Doubles 3 Rudy Hartono / Indra Gunawan
1970 Asian Games Men's Team 1 Indonesia
1970 Thomas Cup Team 1 Indonesia
1971 Asian Badminton Championships Men's Doubles 1 Nara Sudjana / Indra Gunawan
1971 Asian Badminton Championships Team 1 Indonesia
1971 All England Men's Doubles 2 Rudy Hartono / Indra Gunawan
1973 Thomas Cup Team 1 Indonesia
1973 All England Men's Doubles 3 Nara Sudjana / Indra Gunawan

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1970 Singapore Open   Indratno   Iie Sumirat
  Nara Sudjana
15–10, 15–7   Champion
1971 Denmark Open   Rudy Hartono   Ng Boon Bee
  Punch Gunalan
15–11, 4–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1973 Denmark Open   Amril Nurman   Elliot Stuart
  Derek Talbot
11–15, 8–15   Runner-up

Career as a coachEdit

He was a former National coach for both Indonesia and Malaysia. He was head coach of the Indonesian team at the Pelatnas of PBSI in the nineties. The Indonesian came to Malaysia as the singles chief coach in 2001 and together with doubles chief coach Park Joo-bong, the duo nearly helped Malaysia to win the Thomas Cup Finals in 2002 in Guangzhou. Malaysia went down 2–3 to Indonesia in the final but Indra will be remembered for his faith and gamble on exposing younger players, especially Lee Tsuen Seng. Indra was also known for his compassion for senior players. He gave former Malaysian internationals Ong Ewe Hock and Yong Hock Kin a second chance to salvage their positions in the National team of Malaysia.

Indra was well known for his key part in Malaysian world famous player Lee Chong Wei’s amazing international debut, back when he was head coach for the National team of Malaysia. Chong Wei was only 17-years-old when he joined the National team under Indra. Thanks to a good foundation laid by Indra, Chong Wei began his journey as the king of the local badminton circuit.

Indra was also the manager of the six-court Wira Hall in Jakarta.[1]

As one of the most respected figures of the badminton world tour, Indra Gunawan died at the Pantai Indah Kapuk Hospital, in his home of Jakarta on June 7th, 2009, at the age of 61, after a long disease – Indra was diagnosed with colon cancer.

Personal lifeEdit

Indra was married and left behind his wife Dewi Mirida and three children.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Other Sports: Indra mulls over idea of setting badminton club in Malaysia - The Star Online".
  2. ^ (12 June 2009). "Proteges to raise funds for late coach".
  3. ^ "OBITUARY – Indra Gunawan makes last flight".
  4. ^ "Legenda Bulutangkis Indra Gunawan Wafat, PB PBSI Kehilangan Pemain dan Pelatih Hebat". 7 June 2009.