Thomas Tuchel set to be appointed as new Bayern Munich manager

Thomas Tuchel appointed as the new Bayern Munich manager

Major changes are happening at Bayern Munich. After slipping to the second position, the German club has decided to sack their manager, Julian Nagelsmann, with immediate effect. Former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been appointed as the new boss of the Bundesliga champions.

As per Fabrizio Romano, Bayern has agreed to bring Thomas Tuchel as the club manager. Tuchel has been living in Munich for some weeks and has previously managed Borrusia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain. Thomas Tuchel has a win percentage of 56.62% across his coaching career thus far.

Under Nagelsmann, Bayern hasn’t played up to their potential, with the club facing a 2-1 defeat to Bayern Leverkusen in the Bundesliga that saw them slip to the second position in the league. Although, the champions have played excellently in the Champions League.

Bayern Munich is through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League but faces a stiff test next against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The fixture sees Pep Guardiola take on his former side, with the tie winners set to face Real Madrid or Chelsea for a place in the final.

5 players who will be a breakout success in IPL 2023

IPL 2023: Five Players who will be a breakout success

The “Greatest Festival of India” is back. And with that, the biggest cricketers will be back in India. The Indian Premier League started with a vision to provide a platform to young and emerging cricketers of India has become a global platform for cricketers across the globe to showcase their talent in front of the entire world.

From the Pandya Brothers to Mohammad Siraj to Jasprit Bumrah, many cricketers have been unearthed due to the IPL. This year, too, will be no different. The tournament will present a golden opportunity to every young cricketer who will try to grab the chance and hit a maximum.

In this article, we will have a look at the five players who will be a breakout success in IPL 2023.

5 players who will be a breakout success in IPL 2023

Harry Brook

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The latest sensation in world cricket, Harry Brook, has set the stage on fire with his aggressive style of play in batting. In his brief Test career, the right-handed batter has made 809 runs in just ten innings at an average of 80.9.

Brook’s record in T20s is exceptional too. He has 2,432 runs in the format and forced his way into the eventual world champions England’s T20 World Cup squad after a series in Pakistan in which he scored 231 runs at an average of 79.33 and a strike rate of 163.01.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were looking to strengthen their batting, bought Harry Brook for ₹ 13.25 crore. The England star will be playing for the first time in India and is expected to set to explode in the IPL.

Arshad Khan

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Shocked? Don’t be. Mohammad Arshad Khan is a star for the future. The young boy, hailing from Madhya Pradesh, has been specially recommended by Mumbai Indians player Piyush Chawla.

Although the left-arm pacer doesn’t have much experience, whatever little we have seen him bowl has left us stunned. The Madhya Pradesh star can swing the white ball both ways, quite reminiscent to the all-time great Wasim Akram’s bowling style.

Besides his excellent bowling, Arshad can also get the team some quick runs. His hitting lower down the order will be quite useful for the Mumbai outfit.

Mumbai Indians have included Mohammad Arshad Khan in their team for a base price of ₹ 20 lakhs.

Cameron Green

Think I didn't do much to kind of earn that,” says Cameron Green after  fetching 17.50 Crore in IPL 2023 min-auction

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Another Mumbai Indians player has made it to the list. Although Cameron Green has shown the world what he is capable of doing on the cricket field, his IPL debut will be looked forward to by many cricket pundits.

After Pollard announced his retirement from IPL, Mumbai Indians were looking for someone who could fill his shoes. And thankfully, they got Green. Green is a right-handed batter who can open the innings, can come down at number 4, or come at number 6 and finish the innings. A versatile player.

Like Pollard, Green is handy with the ball. The right-arm pacer’s bowling prowess was on full display during the T20 Internationa against Pakistan, where he got 2 wickets for 16 runs in just 3 overs at an economy of 5.33.

The all-rounder has scored 139 runs in 8 T20Is, with 61 as his highest score. He was purchased by Mumbai Indians for ₹17.5 crores during the IPL 2023 mini-auction. Green is expected to land stability to the Mumbai Indians team and help them play to their potential in IPL 2023.

Yashasvi Jaiswal

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Yashasvi Jaiswal. This name has been making the rounds of the Indian cricketing circle for a while. The youngest double centurion in List A cricket and Player of the Tournament in the 2020 U-19 World Cup, Jaiswal is expected to continue his domestic cricket form into IPL.

During the recently concluded Irani Trophy, Jaiswal, representing the Rest of India, smashed a stunning double century in the first innings and a gritty hundred in the second innings to win the Irani Cup for his team.

While this is not the first time the Mumbai batter has produced such a magnificent performance. During the semi-final match against Uttar Pradesh in Ranji Trophy 2021-22, the left-handed batsman slammed centuries in both innings to help his team win the match.

Yashasvi Jaiswal, who plies his trade for Rajasthan Royals, has appeared for 10 IPL matches and scored 258 runs in 10 Innings. The left-hander’s highest score in IPL is 68.

Sarfaraz Khan

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Mumbai-born Sarfaraz Khan is one of the hottest properties in the domestic circuit. Sarfaraz has an envious record in the Ranji Trophy. He averages a whopping 80.47 in 36 matches, second only to the legendary Sir Don Bradman, who averaged 95.14 in 234 games.

During the 2022-23 Ranji Trophy season, Sarfaraz amassed 556 runs in just 9 innings at an average of a whopping 92.66. He notched up three big hundreds and one half-century during the season.

The 25-year-old was the leading run-scorer during the last Ranji Trophy season, amassing 982 runs at an average of 122.75 in Mumbai’s run to the final. He struck four hundreds and two half-centuries in that season and had a top score of 275 against Saurashtra.

In IPL 2023, the right-handed batter will be playing from Delhi Capitals. He will be responsible for finishing the Delhi innings with a flourish.

Team India loses first ODI bilateral series in home since 2019

Team India loses first ODI bilateral series at home since 2019

Team India has had a really disastrous end to their 2023 ODI World Cup preparations. The World No.1 T20 team has lost 2-1 to Australia in the recently conducted home series. With this series defeat, the Men in Blue has lost an ODI series at home since 2019.

The 3rd ODI between India and Australia happening in Chennai saw Australia post 269 after winning the toss. Team India failed to chase the target despite a fifty from Virat Kohli and a fighting 40 from Hardik Pandya. Rohit Sharma, who looked dejected after the series loss, stated, “A lot of takeaways (from the series), just not look at these 3 games. The 9 ODIs we played from January, we can take a lot of positives from that. A loss like that really hurts. But again, we can understand what we need to do better as a group.”

He further added, “It’s not about going out there and pin-pointing at one or two individuals. It’s not what I do or it’s not what the team does as well. It’s a collective failure that we need to look at and reflect. We have to understand that in 5 months time, we will be playing on these kind of conditions. We need to understand the ideas and the thoughts.”

The 3-match series saw Team India win the first match comfortably by 5 wickets. In the 2nd ODI, the Men in Blue had a dismal batting performance. The Indians were all out to 117 runs which the Australians easily chased down and leveled the series.

With this effort, Australia has become the new number-one ODI team in the ICC Rankings. Currently, the Australians have occupied the number one Test team spot in the ICC Rankings.

Women Cricketers who are very similar to their Male Compatriots

It is disheartening to witness disparities in the coverage and promotion of men’s and women’s cricket, with the men’s game receiving more attention and broadcasting on multiple channels while the women’s version is largely left out of sight, playing games in empty stadiums without much exposure. Hopefully, we can work towards achieving more recognition for women’s cricket in the future. 

Women’s cricket has been growing in popularity in recent years as more people are becoming aware of the sport. This is due to initiatives such as the ICC Women’s World Cup, which has provided a platform for female cricketers worldwide to showcase their skills and get more recognition. Additionally, many nations are now investing in their women’s cricket teams and providing better facilities for their players. 

The times are changing for women’s cricket, and more emphasis is placed on the sport. For example, the ICC Women’s World Cup, the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), and the Women’s Premier League (WPL) are all great initiatives designed to inspire and promote female cricketers from around the world. These tournaments have been very successful in terms of providing a platform for these players to showcase their skills and receive more recognition. As these initiatives continue to grow, we can only expect to see more progress and opportunities for female cricketers. 

It’s incredible to see how some of the female cricketers today have honed their skills and are matching the performances of some of the greatest legends in men’s cricket. These five women cricketers, particularly Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Smriti Mandhana, and Shabnim Ismail, have shown remarkable skill in batting, bowling, and fielding, which is reminiscent of those of their counterparts in the men’s game. They are truly setting the bar for future generations of female cricketers. 

Women Cricketers who are very similar to their male compatriots 

Smriti Mandhana and Sourav Ganguly 

According to her childhood coach, Smriti Mandhana used to imitate Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara when she was younger. However, she reminds me of another male player – former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly. Mandhana has been compared to Ganguly for her aggressive batting style, fearless approach to the game, and remarkable ability to switch gears when the situation demands it. Her power-packed performances have made her one of the world’s most feared batters. 

Being right-handed but left-handed batters, both Mandhana and Ganguly are incredibly strong when playing shots on the off side. Similarly to Ganguly, Mandhana will stylishly cut anything short and, with a pinch of width through the gap between point and backward point, poke at the ball that is swinging away, then guide it to the third man to sneak in a single. When the ball is short and delivered right in front of them, both will go for the unconvincing pull that might or might not bring rewards. It should also be noted that they have another similarity – they both require glasses off the pitch. 

Both players also tend to play shots right off the middle of their bat, something that’s quite common among left-handed batsmen. What’s more, they both have an excellent work ethic, which helps them become better cricketers with each passing day. Their dedication and determination make them an inspiration to any aspiring cricketer. 

Mithali Raj and Sachin Tendulkar 

Mithali Raj is often compared to Sachin Tendulkar in terms of her batting prowess. She is known for her ability to read the pitch and adapt her game as per the conditions. She also has a great range of shots and swift footwork and is considered one of the most elegant batswomen in the game. Similar to Tendulkar, she has a wide range of strokes to choose from and relies heavily on placement rather than power. Despite the immense pressure of performing at the highest level, her composure and presence at the crease have earned her a reputation second only to Tendulkar. 

Mithali Raj and Sachin Tendulkar have a few similarities in their batting approach. Both employ a patient approach while batting, relying on technique and skill rather than brute power. They both possess an intuitive eye for the game and can adapt quickly to changing conditions. Tendulkar was known for his ability to read the pitch and adjust his batting accordingly, and Mithali Raj is no different. Additionally, they share a passion for the game, a cool head under pressure, and are considered two of the top cricketers of their respective generations. 

Mithali Raj has spoken highly of Sachin Tendulkar, calling him an inspiration and praising his technique. She has said that her batting style is heavily influenced by Tendulkar’s and that she looks up to him as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game. She also said that she tries to emulate Tendulkar’s approach when it comes to batting, citing his patience and skill as major influences on her batting. 

“Sachin Tendulkar has been an inspiration for me – he is one of the greatest batsmen of all time. His technique and patience at the crease is something I have tried to emulate in my batting,” – Mithali Raj. 

Harmanpreet Kaur and Yuvraj Singh 

Much has been said and written about Harmanpreet Kaur’s dominant performance that enabled India to easily win against Australia in the World Cup semi-final back in 2019. People have even likened her knock to Kapil Dev’s against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup. However, according to us, Kaur is more similar to another great Indian player Yuvraj Singh. Both of them have a similar high back-lift, powerful follow-through, and the ability to inflict enormous damage. This similarity is evident in the way they play. 

They both take time to become acquainted with the pitch before unleashing their power, and they tend to prefer the midwicket region. Neither of them has mechanical batting styles – their batting is full of fluidity and grace. Moreover, both Kaur and Singh are renowned for performing well in important matches. 

Both players also have an excellent knack for picking the right delivery to hit, something that has made them two of the most dangerous batsmen in the world. They also possess tremendous power and great timing, allowing them to clear boundaries with ease. They have been the difference makers in many matches and will continue to be so in the future. 

Their versatility allows them to adapt to different kinds of pitches and bowlers, making them difficult to contain. Both Kaur and Singh are also known for their effervescent style of cricket, which is often a pleasure to watch. Moreover, they possess great leadership qualities and can mentor and inspire their teammates, making them invaluable assets in any team. 

Suzie Bates and Brendon McCullum 

Suzie Bates is often compared to Brendon McCullum for her batting performance. She is a powerful batter who can vary her strokes according to the conditions, similar to the way McCullum did. Both batters have a reputation for taking calculated risks and looking to score freely. They also share good footwork and can move quickly to position themselves for a shot. Furthermore, both batters are known for their commitment to the team and leading from the front. 

In terms of similarities, both Suzie Bates and Brendon McCullum have a knack for attacking the opposition. They are not afraid to go after the bowlers and attack from ball one, something which makes them a threat to the opposition. Additionally, their ability to hit shots all around the wicket is something that has earned them great admiration. Furthermore, both batters are unafraid of playing attacking shots and take calculated risks to score runs quickly. 

Suzie Bates has spoken highly of Brendon McCullum, praising him for his creativity and attacking style. She has said, “I take a lot of inspiration from McCullum. I aspire to his ability to think outside the box and find creative solutions to problems on the field. His never say die attitude is something I try and replicate in my own game.” 

Suzie Bates has also mentioned that she admires McCullum for his ability to adapt to different conditions and his willingness to take risks when batting. She believes he is an example of how a batsman can succeed even with a relatively unorthodox style. 

Marizanne Kapp and Shaun Tait 

Marizanne Kapp, the top ODI bowler, is spearheading the most formidable fast-bowling attack in the world when it comes to women’s cricket. Her skillset bears significant similarities with the Australian bowler Shaun Tait, even though Shaun Tait never became the no.1 ranked bowler. 

Kapp’s brisk run-up, smooth action, and late outswing all resemble Tait’s fiery bowling. Both of them are known for their speed, and they generally bowl too many extras (wides) as they often drift off the line – something they make up for with their pace. The only real difference between the two is that Kapp is a capable lower-order batter who usually stays fit and plays consistently – something Tait was unable to do. 

Furthermore, the South African’s durability and consistency make her the ideal package for a fast bowler, as she can bowl long spells and take wickets over a long period. Kapp also can think on her feet as she reads the batters’ movement and reacts accordingly. This combination of skill and agility makes Kapp one of the most dangerous bowlers in the world.

Aaron Finch becomes the first overseas signing at MLC

Former Australia T20 skipper Aaron Finch has become the first signing in USA’s T20 league Major League Cricket. Finch, who has won the 2021 T20 World Cup, will be given the duty to lead San Francisco Unicorns.

So excited to be a part of @MLCricket @SFOUnicorns,” tweeted Aaron Finch, who captained Australia in white-ball cricket before announcing his retirement from international cricket last month.

Unicorns used their first two picks on Corey Anderson and Liam Plunkett, who now reside in the USA after marrying Americans, respectively. Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is also a part of the Unicorns.

Other players include fellow Australians Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh, as well as South Africans Anrich Nortje and Quinton de Kock and Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga. Marsh and de Kock have both been signed by Seattle Orcas, whose ownership group has ties to the Delhi Capitals franchise in the IPL. Marsh is in the Capitals squad for the 2023 IPL as well. Nortje and Hasaranga have been signed to play for Washington (DC) Freedom, whose franchise has a strategic partnership with Cricket New South Wales.

The inaugural edition of Major League Cricket will kick off later in July, but the player draft was held on March 20 with six franchises battling for supremacy. Four of the six franchises are either partly or fully owned by IPL franchises.

Is Jose Mourinho really the special one?

Is Jose Mourinho really the special one?

José Mourinho is renowned for his extreme arrogance and unwavering confidence, which has enabled him to become one of the most successful football managers in the world. He is a master of harnessing arrogance and using it to his advantage. Arrogance can be a powerful tool in the pursuit of success. It can provide inner strength, inspire followers and give one an edge over the competition. When used properly, it can lead to great accomplishments. 

José Mourinho has achieved great success throughout his career. He rose to prominence with FC Porto’s victories in the 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 Champions League and has continued to be one of the most influential figures in world football ever since. He managed big clubs like Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Tottenham and is now plying his trade with Rome in Italy. But why is the Portuguese manager called ‘The Special One’? Let’s have a look at it. 

Why is Jose Mourinho called ‘The Special One’? 

José Mourinho’s iconic nickname, “The Special One,” dates back to his arrival at Chelsea in 2004. During his first press conference, he declared that he considered himself a “special one,” and the name has stayed with him ever since. “Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m a European champion and I think I’m a special one,” the great Jose Mourinho said. Before his time at Chelsea, José Mourinho was not as widely known in the football community despite his impressive accomplishments with FC Porto, including a Champions League title in 2003-04. After this success, his star began to rise, and he quickly became one of the most sought-after managers in the world. 

In Spagna con i top: Mourinho non fa calcoli

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José Mourinho has earned his famous moniker, “The Special One,” through a combination of his tactical acumen and excellent managerial skills. He boldly proclaimed himself as such in his first press conference with Chelsea, creating a buzz in the media ahead of his first season in the Premier League. José Mourinho’s nickname, “The Special One,” has become even more valid during his time as manager of Chelsea, where he became the most successful coach in the club’s history. His tactical genius and managerial skills helped him reach new heights and truly live up to his arrogance. 

José Mourinho achieved remarkable success in his first two seasons as manager of Chelsea, winning back-to-back Premier League titles and setting the record for most points in a Premier League-winning campaign (95). He displayed incredible talent as a tactician and manager, cementing his status as “The Special One.” Since his first spell at Chelsea, José Mourinho’s success in the Premier League has been mixed. His second stint with the Blues was not able to match the heights of his initial tenure, and his spell at Manchester United encountered several difficulties. Jose Mourinho was also sacked from his job at Tottenham after he failed to achieve the club’s set expectations. 

Is Jose Mourinho the special one? 

Very often there comes a character who changes the whole meaning of the game. Jose Mourinho can be considered one such game-changer. From giving Chelsea a name in world football to getting the better of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, Jose Mourinho did it all. He even went on to win a treble with Inter Milan. Adding to that, Manchester United won their last trophy under the management of Jose Mourinho, which was back in 2017. Jose Mourinho came to Roma and helped them secure UEFA Europa Conference League in 2022. 

José Mourinho has solidified his status as one of the greatest football managers of all time. He is just the second manager to win five major European titles, joining Giovanni Trapattoni in achieving this feat. Among his honors are two UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, and the recently won UEFA Europa Conference League. 

Jose Mourinho signs the same Premier League star for a third time

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Jose Mourinho’s takeover of La Liga from Pep Guardiola is one of the solid reasons why he should be considered the “Special One”. José Mourinho had a successful three-year tenure at Real Madrid, winning the Copa del Rey in 2011, La Liga in 2012, and Supercopa de España in 2012. During that time, he also set a new club record of 32 consecutive match unbeaten streak in the 2011 – 2012 season. 

In 2019, Jose Mourinho voiced his displeasure about the fact that people questioned his coaching abilities in England, and thus why he adopted the title of ‘The Special One’. 

“When I gave my first press conference I was asked if I was ready for the Premier League,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I thought: ‘What? I just won the Champions League and you are thinking that I am nobody?’ “So, I went a little bit aggressive by saying I am not one from the bottle, I am a special one. But then, bang, it stayed. No problem.” 

In October 2015, Jurgen Klopp was asked if he would follow in Jose Mourinho’s footsteps and call himself the ‘Special One’ when he joined Liverpool as manager, reigniting the attention around this title. In contrast, Jurgen Klopp referred to himself as the “normal one” instead of the “Special One”. 

Jose Mourinho has taken back his claim 

However, in 2022 Jose Mourinho admitted that his reputably renowned label of “The Special One” no longer applies, referring to it as an “old story”. When questioned concerning his potential to forge another noteworthy performance before the Europa Conference League final against Feyenoord at the Arena Kombetare in Tirana, Jose Mourinho responded that the “Special One” narrative was now a thing of the past. 

‘When you have more maturity and stability, you think much more about the people and less about yourself. ‘I can just do what every coach can do and try to help the team. ‘I don’t believe in magical moments. This is not the moment of one individual, it is the team, the players, and the staff. ‘Does each new achievement mean more than the previous one? It does. But there is nothing special to be done, just be us.’ 

In his 23rd season as a manager, Jose Mourinho is still unsure of when he will be retiring due to a piece of advice given to him by Manchester United’s legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. In March 2013, during his time as Real Madrid boss, Mourinho was summoned to Ferguson’s office at Old Trafford before a Champions League encounter and forewarned of what was to come.

‘It was Manchester United vs Real Madrid. Before the game, Sir Alex Ferguson invited me to his office,’ he said. 

‘I asked him, ”What is it like, boss? Does it change? Does it change over the years?”. He said, ”Forget about it. Nothing changes. It is the same up until the very last day”. 

‘That is why I keep saying I cannot believe I am 59 years old. I cannot believe I have a 22-year career as a head coach. I cannot tell you when I am going to stop because I cannot visualize it. ‘The passion doesn’t change.’ 

List of trophies won by Jose Mourinho in every club he managed

Trophies won with Porto 

  1. Primeira Liga 2002-03
  2. Taca de Portugal 2002-03
  3. Supertaca Candido de Oliveira 2003
  4. UEFA Cup 2002-03
  5. Primeira Liga 2003-04
  6. UEFA Champions League 2003-04

Trophies won with Chelsea 

  1. Carabao Cup 2004-05 
  2. Premier League 2004-05 
  3. FA Community Shield 2005 
  4. Premier League 2005-06 
  5. Carabao Cup 2006-07 
  6. FA Cup 2006-07 
  7. Carabao Cup 2014-15 
  8. Premier League 2014-15 

Trophies won with Inter Milan 

  1. Supercoppa Italiana 2008 
  2. Serie A 2008-09 
  3. Coppa Italia 2009-10 
  4. Serie A 2009-10 
  5. UEFA Champions League 2009-10 

Trophies won with Real Madrid 

  1. Copa del Rey 2010-11 
  2. La Liga 2011-12 
  3. Supercopa de Espana 2012 

Trophies won with Manchester United

  1. FA Community Shield 2016 
  2. Carabao Cup 2016-17 
  3. UEFA Europa League 2016-17

Trophies won with AS Roma 

  1. UEFA Conference League 2022
China's Li Shifeng bags the men's singles title at All England Open Badminton Championship

China’s Li Shifeng bags the men’s singles title at All England Open Badminton Championship

China’s ace shuttler Li Shifeng has carved his name into history. The badminton player has won the men’s singles finals against Shi Yuqi at the All England Open Badminton Championships.

Li Shifeng won in two straight sets, 26-24 and 21-5, to win the gold medal in the all-Chinese final. Shifeng was elated with the win. In the post-match interview, he stated, “I am very excited. I don’t really have the words to express my feeling for the moment.”

He further added, “It is a huge payback for all the hard work I’ve put in. Although I’ve got the All England title, I would like to aim from more titles.”

In other news, South Korea’s An Se Young bagged the women’s title. An Se Young beat Chen Yu Fei of China 21-17 10-21 21-19 to bag another singles title. “I’m so tremendously happy,” said An, 21, who had knocked Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan out in the semi-finals.

The All England event, with more than 155 matches and over 50 hours of badminton, contributes towards potential Olympics qualification, with rankings announced on April 30, deciding which players will go to the Paris Games in 2024.

Famous Sportspeople who tried their luck in Politics

Famous Sportspeople who tried their luck in Politics

It is not surprising that there are so many athletes who go on to become politicians later in life because athletes naturally make good leaders. But not everyone is allowed to serve in a position of authority, such as that of governor or cabinet minister. One of the best boxers in history is a leading contender for the presidency of the Philippines, which is why many people are paying attention to the election. Let’s have a look at some of the most famous sportspeople who tried their luck in Politics.

Famous Sportspeople who tried their luck in Politics 

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore — Former Union Minister of State, India 

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has made a successful transition from sports to politics, possibly the best in India. Rathore, one of the nation’s best shooters, took home the silver medal in double trap at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Rathore was the first Indian to take home an individual silver medal since the nation’s independence, and it was India’s only medal at the competition. Rathore was a serving Indian Army officer at the time. Together, these elements gave his accomplishment an incredibly spectacular appearance, elevating Rathore to a god-like position at home. 

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He accomplished other things as a shooter besides Olympic success, though. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, in men’s double trap, Rathore won a gold medal and gained recognition. He also teamed up with Moraad Ali Khan at the same competition to take home the gold in the team division. 

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, he successfully defended his solo championship and shared the silver medal with Vikram Bhatnagar in the team competition. At the Asian Games in Doha that same year, he took home silver in the men’s pairs double-trap and bronze in the men’s solo double-trap. 

Rathore received the fourth-highest civilian distinction in India, the Padma Shri, in 2005 for his outstanding athletic accomplishments. Rathore, who was born on January 29, 1970, in Jaisalmer, entered politics after leaving the Indian Army and giving up sports. He ran for the Lower House of Parliament in the 2014 general elections as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from the Jaipur Rural seat. From the same constituency, he was re-elected in the general elections of 2019. 

Many Indian athletes transitioned into politics after leaving their respective sports, but Rathore also made a name for himself working in politics. Many Indian athletes transitioned into politics after leaving their respective sports, but Rathore also made a name for himself working in politics. Rathore has served in the government in important ministerial positions. From 2014 to 2017, he served as a Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. From 2018 to 2019, he had an independent position. Between 2017 and 2019, he also held the position of minister of state (independent charge) for the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. 

Imran Khan — Prime Minister of Pakistan 

In the world of sports, Imran Khan is most remembered for leading Pakistan to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Khan made his international cricket debut in 1971 with a Test match against England. Khan was born on October 5, 1952, into a wealthy family in Lahore. Khan dominated the game as an all-around player during his illustrious athletic career, which concluded with the 1992 World Cup win. 

In just 88 Tests, he amassed 3807 runs, including six centuries, for an average of 37.69 runs per match while taking 362 wickets at a 22.81 average. Khan amassed 3709 runs while taking 182 wickets in 175 matches of the game’s limited-overs format, with an average of 26.61. 

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Khan, a graduate of the University of Oxford, is of Pashtun descent. After leaving cricket, he didn’t pursue politics right away; instead, he worked as a philanthropist for a while. Khan officially entered Pakistan’s contentious political scene in 1996 when he created the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Khan put a lot of effort into cultivating his reputation as an anti-corruption crusader, despite PTI’s electoral troubles. He was elected to the Pakistani National Assembly in 2002 when his party won one seat. 

As he continued to win support from Pakistani society, Khan established himself as a strong opponent. Khan was temporarily detained in 2007 while protesting the rule of Pervez Musharraf. Finally, in 2013, his party secured enough seats to establish itself as a significant challenger to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) administration. 

Elections were held in 2018 after Sharif was removed from office in 2017 because of the Panama Papers controversy. In the polls, PTI was found to be the single-largest party. After that, Khan put together a coalition government to become Pakistan’s 22nd prime minister, joining the select group of athletes who became politicians and held powerful positions. 

George Weah — President of Liberia 

The illustrious Liberian player, one of the best athletes to enter politics, is currently leading his nation as its 25th president. Weah, who was born on October 1st, 1966, in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, began playing football at a young age using homemade rag balls. After several early victories in Africa, he was acquired by Monaco of the French Ligue 1. The striker contributed significantly to the squad’s triumphs throughout his five-year tenure with the club, which spanned from 1988 to 1992. This included helping the team win the Coupe de France in 1991. 

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From 1992 to 1995, Weah, a superstar in France, was a player for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). His remarkable goal-scoring during this time helped the squad win the Ligue 1 (1994), Coupe de la Ligue (1993 and 1995), and the Coupe de France (1995). Additionally, he led the 1994–1995 UEFA Champions League in goals scored. While playing for Italian club AC Milan from 1995 to 2000, he also twice won the Serie A league championship (1996 and 1999). In 1995, he became the first and only African football player to get the Ballon d’Or award

Weah started his political career in 2003 and unsuccessfully ran for president the following year. But he persisted in his years-long endeavors to restore stability and peace to his country, which had been devastated by war. Finally, in 2014, Weah from Montserrado County was elected to the Liberian Senate, and three years later, he was elected president. The following year, Weah took office. 

Seiko Hashimoto — Former Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japan 

Hashimoto is an exceptional athlete turned politician, being one of only a few females to have achieved success in both fields. Recently, she has been the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, showing off her impressive skills in both sports and government. After Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki of Greece, who led the organizing committee for the 2004 Athens Olympics, Hashimoto was appointed to the position and became the second woman in the world to hold the position. 

Hashimoto enjoys the distinction of standing out in both politics and sports. Her name was derived from the Japanese term for the Olympic flame, “Seika,” and she was born on October 5, 1964, five days before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. 

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With four appearances in the winter and three in the summer, Hashimoto has the most “multi-season” appearances in the Olympics. She debuted as a speed skater at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and then competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, the 1992 Summer Olympics in Albertville, and the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. At the Albertville Olympics, Hashimoto earned a bronze medal in the 1500 m speed skating competition. 

She also participated in summer competitions as a track cyclist at the Olympics in 1988 in Seoul, 1992 in Barcelona, and 1996 in Atlanta.  Hashimoto, an LDP member, was chosen for the House of Councillors for the first time in 1995 and has since been re-elected five times. Hashimoto became the first upper-house legislator in Japan to give birth while in office and the first politician in her nation to take maternity leave when her first child, a daughter, was born in 2000. 

Hashimoto served in several governmental positions before becoming the helm of the Tokyo Olympics. In the Cabinet of the then-prime minister Tar As, she was appointed senior vice-minister for foreign affairs in 2008. In the LDP Shadow Cabinet, she was appointed minister for measures to combat the declining birthrate, sports, and gender equality in 2010. 

She was appointed to the Cabinet of then-prime minister Shinzo Abe in 2019 and given the titles of a minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, minister in charge of women’s empowerment, and minister of states for gender equality. 

Tarō Asō — Former Prime Minister of Japan 

From 24 September 2008 to 16 September 2009, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took over as prime minister of Japan after Fukuda Yasuo. He was appointed deputy prime minister and assigned responsibility for the finance ministry along with two other ministries three years later. On October 4, 2021, Fumio Kishida, Japan’s 100th prime minister, refreshed the Cabinet, bringing an end to his administration. 

Asō, the longest-serving finance minister and deputy prime minister in postwar Japanese history, is currently the vice president of the LDP. Since being initially elected to the Diet in 1979, he has served as a member of the House of Representatives ten times. Asō, a wealthy businessman who was born on September 20, 1940, is the grandson of former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru and the husband of former Prime Minister Suzuki Zenk. When his sister Nobuko wed an emperor Akihito’s relative and became Princess Tomohito of Mikasa, he also acquired a family connection to the imperial dynasty. 

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Asō most well-known accomplishment outside of politics and his family business is as a skilled skeet shooter. In his prime, he spent more than a decade competing at the highest level on the national stage. His shooting prowess got him into the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. He failed to medal and did not take part in any subsequent Olympics. Asō is one of the best athletes who went on to become a politician, though. 

Khaltmaagiin Battulga — Former President of Mongolia 

Battulga made a name for himself as a sambo expert throughout the 1980s, excelling in domestic and international competitions. He was later elected to lead the Mongolian Judo Association. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the nation received its first Olympic gold medal during Battulga’s presidency. 

His sports accomplishments also aided his rise to prominence as a businessman in his nation. His first company, Genco Holding, was named after the fictional one Vito Corleone held in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972). The firm is among the biggest holding businesses in Mongolia. 


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Battulga was elected to serve in the State of Great Khural in 2004. (Mongolian parliament). He was appointed minister of transportation and urban development four years later, a position he held until 2012. In the following two years, up to 2014, he served as minister of industry and agriculture. 

A member of the Democratic Party, Battulga ran for president of the nation in 2017. After the Mongolian People’s Republic collapsed in 1992, he ran as a messiah of the underprivileged and won both the first round and the runoff to become the country’s fifth president. 

The Democratic Party’s Khaltmaa Battulga was elected president of Mongolia in 2017 after taking both the first and second rounds of voting. He positioned himself as the poor people’s messiah. Since the dissolution of the Mongolian People’s Republic in 1992, Battulga has served as the country’s fifth president. 

A 2019 constitutional amendment extended the president’s term from four to six years, but it also prohibited all future presidents—including the one in office now—from serving more than one term. Due to the ensuing political upheaval, Battulga was unable to run for re-election.

Arsenal crashes out of Europa League; knocked out by Sporting Lisbon

Arsenal crashes out of Europa League; knocked out by Sporting Lisbon

Arsenal are out of the race for Europa League. The Premier League leaders were knocked out by Sporting Lisbon FC in penalties after the second leg was drawn 1-1.

Having already drawn the first leg 2-2 in Portugal, the Gunners fielded a strong XI that made an impact instantly. Granit Xhaka, the skipper of Arsenal, gave the home team the lead in the 19th minute at Emirates Stadium. For Sporting, Pedro Goncalves scored a stunning goal to level the scoreline. Goncalves’s audacious goal was reminiscent of David Beckham’s long-range chip for Manchester United against Wimbledon that launched him to superstardom in 1996.

Both the teams tried their level best to get the upper hand. But the game was forced to penalties. In penalties, Martin Ødegaard, Bukayo Saka, and Leandro Trossard got their names on the scoresheet. While Gabriel Martinelli’s penalty shoot was saved by Lisbon’s goalkeeper Antonio Adan. For Lisbon, all their players were successful in penalties. Hence, ensuring their team’s successful path to the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was disappointed with the team’s performance yesterday. He said, “A huge blow obviously. There were moments in the first 75 minutes where we weren’t at our level. We gave every ball away and we didn’t have the capacity to take the game. Arteta further added, “We had big chances to finish the game. We have to look at ourselves and why we were not good enough to go through.”

Arsenal hasn’t won a European trophy since lifting the Cup-Winners’ Cup in 1994 and their wait will go on for another year. But the Gunners would gladly swap Europa League success for a long-awaited Premier League title.

RCB Women register their first win in WPL

RCB Women register their first win in WPL

After five successive defeats, Royal Challengers Bangalore Women have registered their first victory in the Women’s Premier League. The Smriti Mandhana led-side has defeated UP Warriorz by five wickets thanks to their disciplined bowling and smart batting.

Winning the toss, RCB opted to field first. Taking full advantage of the conditions, the Bangalore side restricted the side to 135 runs. For RCB, Ellyse Perry was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets for 16 runs. Asha Shobhana and Sophie Devine took two wickets apiece.

While chasing, the Royal Challengers had a disastrous start. The Banglore side lost their skipper Smriti Mandhana for a duck. Mandhana’s opening partner Sophie Devine soon followed her to the pavilion. The side was in a difficult situation when Kanika Ahuja and Richa Ghosh stitched an important partnership to take the side home.

Mandhana was all praises for the young batters. In the post-match ceremony, she said, “Yeah, it was tense. We lost a couple of wickets in the 7th over, it was a bit nervous. But the way Kanika and Richa played was brilliant. Kanika in particular, really proud of her. Really excited to see her bat, the approach she has. She is a 360 degree player, who isn’t the most common in Indian cricket.”

With this victory, Royal Challengers Bangalore opened its account on the points table. Currently, the side is in the fourth position and faces Gujarat Giants on March 18.

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