Cancer-hit badminton star Lee Chong Wei announced his retirement on Thursday, ending a brilliant career in which he collected a swathe of honours but never won a world or Olympic title.
Watson also announced his retirement from the BBL at the end last season. He took to Twitter after his final match for Chennai to thank the franchise and fans for their support over the years.
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is officially retired, and he won’t be returning to competition.
Maria Sharapova, one of the most proficient women’s tennis players quit the court. She is just 32, much younger than the famed Williams sisters who are still in the circuit, to be ‘saying goodbye’. But that’s fine, the tennis sensation hasn’t had had much of a healthy run since her return from the doping ban. What’s intriguing though is the silence from some of her peers and former teammates on her retirement decision (“Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova announces retirement”, Feb.26, Gulf Today).
Star striker David Villa, Spain’s top goal scorer, announced on Wednesday he was quitting professional football at the end of the season. The 37-year-old is currently playing for Vissel Kobe in Japan after a glittering career