Wednesday June 13, 2012
A pictorial tribute of the sporting kind this Father’s Day.
YOU’VE heard of WAGs (wives and girlfriends, particularly the high-living English football type). What about BAGs? Boys and girls of sport stars. Never heard of it? That’s because we made that up.
Who can blame us for being inspired to mark this Father’s Day by highlighting the sporting fraternity’s father-child relationship in pictures, given that Euro 2012 is in full swing and the London Olympics is just around the corner?
For these kids, it must be awesome to have daddies who are renowned for their prowess in the sporting arena, some of whom are swoonworthy to boot. Not you, Beckham. Guardiola, we’re looking at you.
Here’s a glimpse of the tender moments some of the world’s most notable sporting personalities shared with their children or their fathers. Hope they elicit a warm, fuzzy feeling in you ... whether you’re into sports or not. Happy Father’s Day. – Compiled by Looi Lai Yee
Model father: Pep Guardiola, 41, chilling out with his son Marius, 11, at a charity football match in Barcelona, Spain, on May 27. The former manager of Barcelona football club and his wife have two other kids – daughters Maria, nine, and Valentina, four. –Reuters
Sweet child o’ mine: American Richard Williams beaming with pride as he congratulates his daughter Serena, 30, after her win at the finals of the Family Circle Cup tennis championship in Charleston, South Carolina (US), on April 8. The 70-year-old Williams is noted for grooming and coaching his daughters, including Venus, 32, to phenomenal success in the sport. –Reuters
Sealed with a kiss: Olympic silver medallist weightlifter Dmitry Klokov plays with his daughter Nastya at his father’s house in the village of Sinkovo, outside Moscow, Russia, on April 3. Klokov is planning to take part in the men’s 105kg weightlifting competition at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. –Reuters
Cheek to cheek: There’s nothing like a little peck from Dad to crack the little guy up. Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt, 31, with his son Aidan after a training session in Lausanne, Switzerland, ahead of Euro 2012, on May 18. The former Liverpool star, who is bound for Turkish club Fenerbahce, and his wife Gertrude are parents to three boys and a girl. –AFP