An injury can either break an athlete’s career entirely or inspire them enough to rebuild it. Although most players end their career suffering through an injury, some athletes are born fighters. They are players who go down as legends. Let’s take a look at some of these legendary athletes who came back from a career-ending injury.
Many know Leander Paes as the famous Indian professional tennis player, who has won a plenty of trophies and titles. What many people don’t know is that Leander was diagnosed with neurocysticercosis – a parasitic brain infection in 2003. Soon after that, Leander made a comeback alongside Mahesh Bhupathi in the 2004 Athens Olympics. As of today, Leander Paes has the most number of Grand Slams by any Indian.
MC Mary Kom is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six World Championships. Mary got married in the year 2005 when she took a hiatus and gave birth to twins. During her break, her fans thought that her career is over. Proving everyone wrong, Mary Kom began training again and went on to win a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women’s Boxing Championship. She also won a historic bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
One of the famous faces in the world of cricket, Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung. After going through chemotherapy, Yuvi came back as a fighter to join the national cricket team within five months.
Dipa Karmarkar is known to make history, first in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and more recently by winning a gold medal in the Gymnastics World Challenge Cup, Turkey. What makes her success even sweeter is that she came back from an injury after two years to win this medal.
Sandeep Singh’s tale is that one of the heroes. In 2006, Sandeep was accidentally struck by a bullet which left him almost paralysed and in wheel-chair for two years. But, a heart of the lion that he has, he made an awestruck comeback at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to score the maximum number of goals in the tournament.