Be it in the world of cinema, politics or sports, father-child duos are not uncommon. For such personalities the bar is set rather high, and they have great expectations to live up to. Not only the expectations of their ardent fans but more so their fathers! In celebrating Father’s Day we bring you some of the popular father – child duos in sports.
Muhammed Ali and Laila Ali Muhammed
Ali is no doubt one of the greatest boxers of all time. His daughter Laila Ali had big shoes to fill. Ali had some spectacular wins to credit his title of being the greatest such as the “Thrilla in Manila” and wins over fellow greats Sonny Liston and George Foreman. By 2009, Laila Ali has also made quite a name for herself. She was able to boast of 21 knockouts in her career and won numerous titles. If the media glare shone more brightly on her career perhaps she would be able to match up to her father’s legacy.
Sunil Gavaskar and Rohan Gavaskar
This one is for the cricket fans. Sunil Gavaskar is one of the most popular names in cricket .not only in India but the international scene as well. The former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar played as many as 125 test matches and 108 ODIs. Although his son Rohan has played only 11 ODIs, he has made his father proud by following him into cricket coverage, doing live commentary and hosting shows.
Joe Bryant and Kobe Bryant
Almost every basketball fan in the world knows Kobe-Bryant, but not many of them are aware of his father Joe Bryant. He lit up the courts with his amazing skill between 1975 and 1983 after which he went on to play professional ball in Italy. Playing for the LA Lakers, Kobe Bryant has a number of accolades to his credit, and is one of the greatest NBA guards of all time. He was awarded the MVP award in the 2007-2008 season , he won an Olympic gold in 2008 and to top it all he is a 5 time NBA champion.
Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris
For those of you who are familiar with golf, these two names will ring a bell. This is one of the earliest father-son duos. Both these players were outstanding and they won four British Opens each. Young Tom certainly inherited his father’s genes, this was clear when he started playing golf. After his winning spree which ended in 1872, he placed and second and third in the in Open in the following two years.
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In celebrating Father’s Day we bring you some of the popular father – child duos in sports. Father-son duos such as Sunil and Rohan Gavaskar and Joe and Kobe Bryant portray the sports genes that run in the family.