Just like music, sports too have no boundaries. It draws people from corners of the world uniting people in the most awesome ways. We all know and appreciate the strong presence of developed nations from USA and Europe in major international sporting events marking their presence with a series of victories.
Developing nations from Africa and Asia too are building champions in international and national events like Commonwealth games, Asian Games, FIFA cup and Olympics. The developing countries are making optimum utilization of available resources to nurture the budding champions gathering global attention with their die-hard attitude and sporting spirit. Though lately, developing nations have embraced sports and the immense growth opportunities it has socially, economically and politically. Moreover, the digital age has shrunk the world bringing sports at every doorstep. The growing awareness regarding fitness and wider perspective attending to individual interest coupled with support and investment from respective govt. resulted in creating world champions. Moreover, the existing agencies associated with sports are bringing to the limelight the tremendous untapped sporting capital of their respective countries by setting up training facilities, working in tandem with the govt. and sponsors to nurture the potential found in developed as well as underdeveloped regions.
As a result, new faces on international platforms are frequently visible and enabled the holistic development of these nations. With the intervention of national and international agencies and educational authorities, sports potential in developing nations is gradually changing. Further, the sports solutions providers like GSI work closely with sports fraternity to come up with innovative training tools to empower the champions today and tomorrow.
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The dictionary meaning of Champion is a person who has surpassed all rivals in a sporting contest or other competition. Rivals are not only the participants but it also constitutes other weak attributes of a champion which she/he has surpassed to rise like a phoenix.
What does it take to become a champion? The secret is so simple and so basic yet is overlooked by most of us, they don’t surrender, they don’t quit. They keep on practicing, same thing with discipline; they look at all their moves – good or bad- and they work consistently to improve their game.
It is an old saying amateur practice until they get it right, professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong. Champions are not blessed with natural talent or physical gifts or the training advantages that separates the best from the rest but they work hardest & smartest, drain out their sweat to earn it.
Right from Founder’s desk
“Language may be a barrier in terms of connecting with other cultures but sport may be an unusual floor which can bring humans together.”
What happens in the stadium during Pakistan vs India cricket match or Argentina vs Brazil football match or New Zealand vs Australia rugby match? Adrenalin rush is felt and throbbing heart is louder than screaming audience when favorite team is scratching for scores.
Almost all the countries of the world are into sports, and this is the reason sports have become one of the most common factors to unite the countries at one place. Though there are some common sports in between but, of course, there are countries that are known for their popular sports. It is said that different sports have come from different countries, and slowly they are played all over the world as a common game.National Sports of different nations also hold a different place in the national pride.
Different manufacturers in India and around world work round the year, so that excellent goods are supplied, champions stands out in each sports field and cheering audience is always entertained.
2014 was indeed a delightful year for sports personalities as well as fans. From Lewis Hamilton bagging the BBC Sports Personality of the Year to Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Overseas Award, 2014 was great for various sport persons.
Highest Paid Athletes – 2014 (Men) – Courtesy – Forbes.com
- Floyd Mayweather (Boxing) – Even though he earned $0 from endorsements, Mayweather was declared as the highest paid athlete with $105 million as pay.
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer): His pay in 2014 was $80 million and salary/winnings were $52 million.
- LeBron James (Basketball): His pay was $72.3 million and salary/winnings were $19.3 million. James also has endorsements worth $53 million.
- Lionel Messi (Soccer): The soccer star’s pay was $64.7 million in 2014 and salary/winnings were $41.7 million. Also, he earned $23 million from endorsements.
- Kobe Bryant: His pay was $61.5 million in 2014 and salary/winnings were $30.5 million. The basketball star also earned $31 million from endorsements.
- Tiger Woods: The golfer has endorsements worth $55 million. His pay in 2014 was $61.2 million and salary/winnings were $6.2 million. In 2014, Tiger Woods was also signed by Hero MotoCorp which is the world’s largest manufacturer of two-wheelers. Woods is expected to play a key role in the expansion of Hero MotoCorp via advertising the products across the globe.
Apart from international sports personalities, Indian sportsmen also shined in 2014. Rajat Chauhan, Abhishek Verma, and Sandeep Kumar bagged gold in Compound Men’s team (archery) in the 17th Asian Games. Meanwhile, Abhishek Verma also won silver in Compound Men’s individual (men). Vikas Gowda won silver in men’s discus throw. Rajiv Arokia won bronze in men’s 400m.
The hockey men’s team won the gold medal in Asian Games after a long time and it was proud moment for the nation. GSI congratulates the winners and highest paid athletes for working hard and bringing glory to their nations.
In a recent interview, Kobe Bryant happily answered queries about probable visit to India, his new line of shoes and his preference for old-school dunk rules. However, his happiness was not reflected on the injury updates.
The Lakers guard informed before the All-Star game on Sunday that his recovery from the injury is coming slowly.
“I’m optimistic coming out of the break that I will have some improvements once I get back to L.A. and do a couple [of] follow-ups and then go from there,” Bryant said. “But it’s been a slow process,” said Kobe Bryant, according to Los Angeles Times.
It was the second time Kobe has been unable to play the game due to injuries. In 2010 as well, he had to sit on the bench. But, he is hopeful and assures that he will return.“I just need to keep my blinders on and just focus on getting better myself and going from there.” He also mentioned that he has doubts about his body giving out at the age of 35. “Of course. Absolutely.” “That’s part of the excitement of the challenge, that level of uncertainty. ‘Is this it’ sort of thing, are my best days behind me sort of thing. And to have those conversations with yourself and not be intimidated by that and not be succumbing to that is part of the challenge,” added Kobe. Kobe signed a two-year, $48.5 million extension in November and he is optimistic about the Lakers. “What we have coming up this off-season with the cap space and what we have ahead of ourselves seems to be right in the Lakers’ wheelhouse in terms of turning things around pretty quickly,” said Kobe.
We wish Kobe Bryant to hit the court soon.
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