Virat Kohli among highest-paid athletes

India cricket captain Virat Kohli is among the world’s highest-paid athletes, according to a Forbes’ report. Kohli, the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the list, is ranked 83rd with earnings of USD 24 million. The ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018’ list is topped by 41-year-old Mayweather, with USD 285 million earnings.

Discus thrower Vikas Gowda retires

Top Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda has retired after competing at the highest level for more than 15 years. Gowda, who holds the national record of 66.28m, is one of the most decorated Indian athlete, having won a gold in the 2013 and 2015 Asian Championships. Awarded the Padma Shri in 2017, Gowda became the second Indian in 56 years to win an athletics gold at the CWG.

World’s most popular athlete

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was named the most popular athlete in the world as he topped the ESPN World Fame 100 list for a third straight year.Three-time NBA champion Lebron James retained his second spot on the list, while Messi came third. 11 Indian athletes including Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal and Saina Mirza have made it to the list of ESPN World Fame 100 of 2018.

Winter Paralympics officially begin

The largest ever Winter Paralympics were officially inaugurated in freezing conditions at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea. A record 567 athletes from 48 different nations paraded into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium to officially commence the 10-day festival that runs till March 18. A neutral Paralympic athletes team consisting of Russian competitors is also participating.

Ranking system for nat. sports federations

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is planning a ranking system for National Sports Federations.Aimed at inculcating healthy competition between sports bodies, the rankings will be based on the federations’ administrative capability, transparency, talent-spotting ability, and medal count of athletes. The implementation of the sports code will bar officials over 70 years old.

Keshavan comes 34th at his 6th Olympics

Four-time Asian champion India’s Shiva Keshavan on Sunday finished 34th out of 40 in the men’s singles luge event at PyeongChang Games, his sixth Winter Olympics campaign.The 36-year-old Himachal Pradesh-born athlete’s best finish at the Games had come in 2006 in Turin when he finished 25th. Shiva is one of the two Indians who qualified for the 2018 Games.

Jordan, World’s Highest-Paid Athlete

In the latest list released by Forbes, Michael Jordan has been named as the highest-paid athletes of all time.The 54-year-old has a whopping $1.7 billion in the bank.Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods is standing at the second spot. Late America golfer Arnold Palmer is at No.3 with incredible $1.4 billion to his name.

IOC bans Russia from Winter Games

Russia has been banned from competing at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee.However, the Russian athletes would be able to take part in the Games, as independent competitors under the Olympic flag.The punishment is the culmination of a 3 year investigation into state-sponsored doping leading up to and during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Iran allows women to compete in sports

Women weightlifters from Iran will be allowed to compete internationally for the first time. Iran has one of the world’s strongest weightlifting cultures, and its men have won seven Olympic gold medals this century. The federation’s chief also said that the women weightlifters can compete wearing special clothes for Muslim athletes.

Mary Kom to be AIBA representative

Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom has become the first Indian to be picked as International Boxing Association’s representative for IOC Athletes’ Forum. She has been invited to attend the 8th International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Forum in Lausanne from November 11 to 13. Mary Kom is an Asian Games gold-medallist besides being a multiple-time Asian champion.