Sailor Rajesh Choudhary, 36, who hails from Bihar and took to the sport while representing the EMESA in regattas in Hyderabad has established himself as one of the best sailors in the country now. Fellow competitors who sometimes call him “Chou Sir” have great respect for his understanding of winds and weather.

Injuries and fluctuating form have prevented new ball bowler Ashish Nehra from being a consistent performer at the international level. But experts feel that he is yet capable of fulfilling his promise. His variations in pace and ability to move the ball in the air and off the pitch are his main strengths and his mastery over the yorker is an added asset.

Cricketer Matthew Hayden went through a traumatic experience once when sailing a boat near North Stradbroke Island. The boat capsized and he and his two companions (one of whom was fellow Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds) had to swim more than a kilometre to reach safety.

Shooter Gagan Narang is working out by swimming in his attempt to keep himself fighting fit. “Reducing weight will benefit not only my shooting, but also my studies in commercial flying that I intend to pursue between competitions. I hope to take up an MBA programme too,” he says.

Maria Sharapova was first presented with a tennis racket when she was four years old, by Aleksandr Kafelnikov, father of Yevgeny Kafelnikov. The senior Kafelnikov and Maria’s father were good friends. At the age of six, Maria Sharapova attended a tennis clinic in Moscow run by Martina Navratilova.

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