From on Field Tactics to Political Strategies: Legendary Athletes Who Won the Race to Power

Sep 24, 2023

By: Komal Banchhor

These athletes scored big in the political arena has well

The world of sports has seen its fair share of legends, but what happens when these athletic champions decide to hang up their jerseys and step into the political arena? It's a transition that has fascinated many, and it's a journey that a select...

1. Manny Pacquiao-  Gloves off for political battles

Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is no stranger to the spotlight, with a record-breaking boxing career that includes multiple world titles across different weight classes. However, his ambitions went beyond the boxing ring, and after serving as a Senator ...

2. George Weah — President of Liberia

George Weah, a legendary Liberian footballer, is not only one of the world's greatest athletes but also the 25th president of Liberia. Weah's football career took him to top clubs in Europe, where he achieved remarkable success, including winning the...

3. Imran Khan — Prime Minister of Pakistan

Imran Khan, renowned for leading Pakistan to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup, is another athlete turned politician who ended up in the eye of a storm. After an illustrious career in cricket, he transitioned into politics after founding the Pakistan Tehre...

4. Khaltmaagiin Battulga — Former President of Mongolia

Khaltmaagiin Battulga, a prominent judoka, not only excelled in sports but also became a successful businessman and politician in Mongolia. His achievements in sports and business the foundation for a political career. Battulga served as a member of the Mongo...

5. Marcus Stephen — Former President of Nauru

Marcus Stephen, a former weightlifter, made a significant impact in the sports world representing Nauru, and later transitioned into politics to become a member of the Nauruan parliament. In 2007, he won the presidential election, showcasing the potential for ...

6. Tarō Asō — Former Prime Minister of Japan

Tarō Asō, a prominent Japanese politician, served as the country's Prime Minister. Beyond his political career, he was an accomplished skeet shooter, competing at the national level for over a decade. Aso's family also had strong political ties, furt...

7. Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura — Former Governor of Minnesota

Jesse 'The Body' Ventura, a famous pro-wrestler, became the governor of Minnesota in 1998. His transition from the wrestling ring to the governor's office was unexpected, but Ventura's popularity as a sports figure and his unorthodox politi...

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

Seiko Hashimoto served as the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, becoming one of the few women worldwide to hold such a prestigious position. Hashimoto's name itself, derived from the Japanese word for Olympic...

9. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore — Former Union Minister of State, India

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, one of India's greatest shooters, made his mark with an individual silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Rathore's achievements in shooting earned him the Padma Shri, a prestigious Indian civilian honor. He later trans...

10. Jean-Paul Adam — Former Health and Social Affairs, Seychelles

Jean-Paul Adam, an accomplished swimmer, represented Seychelles in international competitions. After his sports career, he pursued a diplomatic and political career, serving in various ministerial positions in Seychelles. Adam represented Seychelles in various...