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Sporting Icons, who left us with a memory, and glittering legacies in 2020



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The year 2020, It’s an odd, frustrating, and baffling thing when our collective legends passed away. So many promises and techniques went with them. Whether it was Hall of Famers, champions, legendary coaches, athletes from the games of football, cricket, basketball, and more, we lost a number of giants this year. Those very special people who put their all energy and mind to become absolute legends in their chosen sport. Also, left a huge void and glittering legacies.

Here’s a recap of some of the icon’s we have lost this year 2020

Kobe Bryant (23rd August 1978 – 26th January 2020)

The 41-year-old Kobe Bryant, regarded as one of the greatest players of the sport, died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter on January 26. Kobe Bryant was an NBA legend who spent his entire 20-year career (from 1996 to 2016) at the Los Angeles Lakers. During his career, Bryant won five championships. Bryant also helped his country win Olympic golds in 2008 and 2012.

Balbir Singh Sr. (31st December 1923 – 25th May 2020)

Balbir Singh Sr. can be called independent India’s first sporting hero of the national game that is hockey.  Balbir Singh Sr died in Chandigarh after battling multiple health issues. He was the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history. Balbir Singh Sr. represented India in three Olympic games- London (1948), Helsinki (1952), and Melbourne (1956) and won the gold medal in all three editions, having scored 22 goals across the three games.

Sir Everton Weekes (26th February 1925 – 1st July 2020)

Sir Everton Weekes, the last member of the legendary Three Ws, passed away at the age of 95. Alongside Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell, Weekes formed a formidable batting unit in the West Indies team. In his career, Weekes played 48 Test matches and made 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61 per innings. That included a world-record five consecutive centuries in 1948 scores of 141 against England in Jamaica, followed by knocks of 128, 194, 162, and 101 in India.

Diego Maradona (30th October 1960 – 25th November 2020)

Do you Know! Why almost the whole of India fell in the love with football in the late 1980s because of Diego Armando Maradona. He became an Indian superhero. The football legendary Diego Maradona passed away, aged 60 due to a heart attack at his home in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. The spark he produced is still in the hearts of millions. Maradona had the whole world at his feet when he almost single-handedly won the World Cup for Argentina in 1986. In 2001, FIFA named Maradona one of the two greatest in the sport’s history, alongside Pele.

Chetan Chauhan (21st July 1947 – 16th August 2020)

Former India batsman Chetan Chauhan has died at the age of 73. He had tested COVID-19 positive in early July. He represented India in 40 Tests and seven ODIs in an international career that spanned around 12 years (1969-1981). He formed a formidable top-order partnership with Sunil Gavaskar, with the duo combining for 3,127 runs at an average of 54.85 in Tests. In 1980-81, he was bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna Award. After his playing career, Chauhan turned to the coach and was manager when India won a famous Test victory against Australia in Kolkata in 2001.

Paolo Rossi (23rd September 1956 – 9th December 2020)

Italy’s 1982 World Cup hero Paolo Rossi passed away at the age of 64. Rossi scored 20 goals in 48 appearances for the Italian national side, and more than 100 Serie Goals during spells with Vicenza, Perugia, Juventus, Milan, and Verona. In the 1982 World Cup he was the top scorer with six goals. Following his performances at the 1982 World Cup, he was awarded the Ballon d’Or which at the time was given to the European footballer of the year. He retired from football in the late 1980s.

Dean Jones (24th March 1961 – 24th September 2020)

Former Australian cricketer and commentator Dean Jones has died, aged 59 due to cardiac arrest. He was part of Australia’s 1987 World Cup-winning unit. He played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for the nation during an international career that spanned 8 years between 1984 and 1992. He scored 3631 runs in red-ball cricket at an average of 46.55 with 11 hundred and 14 half-centuries. In ODIs, he amassed 6068 runs at 44.61 with 7 tons and 46 half-centuries.

Chuni Goswami (15th January 1938 – 30th April 2020)

Chuni Goswami took his last breath at the age of 82 on April 30 in Kolkata after a prolonged illness. He was the Indian football captain and represented the country in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy. He scored nine goals in 30 appearances for the nation and led India to the gold medal at the 1962 Asian Games in Indonesia and silver at the 1964 Asia Cup in Israel. He played as a winger. Meanwhile, He was a right-hand batsman and played a total of 46 First-class cricket matches, scoring 1592 runs, with one century and seven half-centuries.

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  1. Shivani

    December 27, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    This year was devastating for all and the legends that we lost is more hurtful and saddening…all the players and their achievements will be remembered…

  2. Ankur Mishra

    December 28, 2020 at 3:00 AM


  3. Rishabh

    December 28, 2020 at 3:38 PM

    This year is nothing less than a nightmare ??

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Why Romanian Simona Halep pulls out of Wimbledon 2021?

Reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has pulled out of Wimbledon 2021 because of a calf injury.She join Naomi Osaka in withdrawing.



Simona Halep
Source: New York Times

Reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has pulled out of Wimbledon 2021 because of a calf injury. She had earlier withdrawn from the French Open after injuring herself during a match at the Italian Open in mid-May.

In the Instagram post, Simona said “It is with great sadness that I’m announcing my withdrawal from The Championships as my calf injury has not fully recovered,” Halep, who had beaten Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the 2019 Wimbledon final.

Halep secured her second Grand Slam singles crown beating Serena Williams in 2019 — due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Grand Slam event was cancelled last year. She joins four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in withdrawing.

“I gave it everything I had in order to be ready to play Wimbledon and after having such special memories from two years ago, I was excited and honoured to step back on these beautiful courts as defending champion.”

However, with doubts also over the fitness of world no.1 Ashleigh Barty, it could be like cheery on the cake for the 39-year-old Williams as she seeks a record-equalling 24th singles Grand Slam title.

“Unfortunately, my body didn’t cooperate and I’ll have to save that feeling for next year. I can honestly say that I’m really down and upset about having to take this decision. This period has been difficult but to miss the last two majors has made it even more challenging mentally and physically,” She added.

“We will see what the future holds but I’m hoping it will make me a stronger person and athlete. Thank you to everyone at Wimbledon for your understanding and support.”

Halep’s withdrawal came shortly before the start of the draw at the All-England Club. The Wimbledon is set to start on Monday.

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Is there any similarities between Wrestler Sushil Kumar vs Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Murder case?

Today not only in India but across the globe, players or athletes from any sports Cricket, Football, Boxing, or Formula One are not able to control their activities after earning huge fame.



Wrestler Sushil Kumar

Today not only in India but across the globe, players or athletes from any sports Cricket, Football, Boxing or Formula One are not able to control their activities after earning huge fame. In other words, they are completely failed to protect that legacy which they have achieved by doing hard work.

There are plenty of sports legends performing at the top levels. They are all very well compensated and enjoy the fringe benefits that accompany fame and being at the supreme position of their profession. We hold these athletes up and admire them for their talent.

But, when these sports personalities representing their country wore the uniform of criminals, it is very heartbroken and demotivates not only thousands of youngsters but also their parents and their dreams.

Do you know! The entire episode has shocked the nation and made people curious to know the exact reason behind the former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu’s involvement in the 1988 road rage case. Similarly, in the same fashion the Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar’s involvement in the murder case.

Sushil Kumar Case:

A flat in Delhi’s Model Town is the reason behind the entire incident, according to the sources. Sushil Kumar and his associates are named in the FIR lodged for the murder of former junior national wrestling champion Sagar Dhankhar at the Chhatrasal Stadium in the national capital.

The victim, Sagar Dhankhar, was beaten during a fight involving rival wrestlers at the capital’s wrestling academy on 4 May, and later died in the hospital. Dhankhar, as well as being a former junior national champion, was the son of a Delhi police officer.

After his involvement in the murder case, the licensing branch of Delhi police has suspended his arms license.

The FIR lodged against Sushil Kumar and his associates have invoked the following sections under the Indian Penal Code:

Section 302: Punishment for murder

Section 308: Attempt to commit culpable homicide

Section 365: Kidnapping or abducting with an intention to keep in confinement

Section 325: Voluntarily causing grievous hurt

Section 323: Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt

Section 341: Punishment for wrongful restraint

Section 506: Punishment for criminal intimidation

Navjot Singh Sidhu Case:

On December 27, 1988, former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu and his friend – Rupinder Singh Sandhu – had entered into an argument with the victim, Gurnam Singh, over a parking space in Patiala. The two allegedly dragged Mr. Gurnam out of his car and hit him. He died soon after in the hospital.

In the autopsy, the reason for death is a Heart attack. A trial court had discharged Mr. Sidhu, but the Punjab and Haryana High Court held him guilty of culpable homicide in 2006 and sent him to jail for three years in the road rage case.

The cricketer-turned-politician and his friend then approached the Supreme Court. In 2007, the Supreme Court suspended Mr. Sidhu’s sentence and granted him bail. The suspended sentence enabled him to contest the Lok Sabha bypolls from Amritsar.

Earlier this year, a bench headed by Justices Chalemeswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul let the two off with a fine of 1,000 rupees, because “there was no evidence to prove that that the death was caused by the single blow” dealt by Mr. Sidhu.

Similarities between the case:

Wrestler Sushil Kumar and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu are the building blocks of the nation.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu are inspirations of many young generations.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu are the masters of their game.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu are pride of the nation.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar is behind the bar while former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu was also behind the bars in a road rage case.

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Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open has an important message to convey..

The world No 2 ranked Osaka announced her withdrawal from the French Open on June 1. The sporting fraternity is divided over her obligations towards the game. However, there is a much bigger issue at hand. 



Naomi Osaka

The world No 2 ranked Osaka announced her withdrawal from the French Open on June 1. The sporting fraternity is divided over her obligations towards the game. However, there is a much bigger issue at hand.

Players withdrawing from a tournament is not news nor is it something new. Earlier, in the day Petra Kvitova withdrew from the French Open due to an ankle injury during her media obligations on Sunday after her first-round victory over Greet Minnen.

Sad Day for Tennis: 

However, for the world ranked No 2 Naomi Osaka who chose her mental wellbeing and withdraws rather than fulfill her media obligations is a message that can’t be ignored and should get sidelined in the whole discussion of what a player’s obligation ought to be – to promote the game — as Mithali Raj stated.

Yes, while it is important for the players to promote the game that they are playing, one has to see the bigger picture here. This last one-and-a-half-year has been tough for everyone around the globe.

Stress and Anxiety played a major role

For some, it has been tougher. Stress and anxiety have played a huge role in the minds of the people due to the lockdown restrictions imposed by various Governments across the world. The question here is not about media obligations or to further a sport that is already played the world over.

The issue here is about a player who is talking about her mental state. The present pandemic has definitely been tough on the athletes who have to train around the year six to seven hours a day. For them to be cooped inside the home is more of a mental challenge than a physical one.

We all remember the video that went viral last year of Virat Kohli playing cricket where he lives with Anushka Sharma during lockdown last year; it just goes to show that players need to be constantly in touch with the game. Being away can cause worry as has been the case with Osaka.

One has to also remember that few celebs or for that matter athletes actually come out in the open and talk about their mental status. The fact that Osaka has been brave enough to do so and chose her health over the game says a lot about what this present pandemic has done.

Mental Health needs to be addressed: 

Over the years, there have few athletes who have opened up and talked about their mental health. Andrew Luck, the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts announced his retirement.

He said at a Press conference in August 2019: “The only way forward for me is to remove myself from football and this cycle I’ve been in. I’ve come to the proverbial fork in the road, and I made a vow to myself that, if I ever did again, I would choose me.”


Black Lives Matter Mask: 

Since the start of the US Open, Osaka has walked on the court wearing masks with the names of Black Americans who have died in encounters with police or due to racial injustice.

During this year’s U.S. Open, Naomi Osaka wore seven different face masks for each round of the annual tournament.  Osaka wore masks with the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijiah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Philando Castile, and Tamir Rice.

Naomi Osaka needs to be given a hall pass!

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