Imran Khan (Pakistan). The former international cricketer and 1992 World Cup-winning captain has been announced as the prime minister of Pakistan. EPA
Ryoko Tamura (Japan). The two-time Olympic judo gold medallist and seven-time world champion is a member of Japan's House of Councillors, which is the upper house of the country's bicameral legislature. Allsport
Colin Moynihan (United Kingdom). A former Olympic bronze medallist rower and world champion, Moynihan was a Conservative member of the UK Parliament. Getty Images
Dawn Fraser (Australia). A winner of four Olympic gold medals in swimming, Fraser has served the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in Australia. Getty Images
Chris Laidlaw (New Zealand). The former All Blacks halfback is a member of the New Zealand Parliament. Getty Images
Nova Peris (Australia). The Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player-turned-sprinter was elected to the Australian Senate in 2013. Allsport
Ralph Metcalfe, right (United States). The former Olympic sprinter and teammate of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin was a member of the US House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature. AP Photo
Kevin Johnson (United States). A former NBA player with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns, Johnson was the mayor of Sacramento. Getty Images
Jack Kemp, right (United States). The former NFL quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills was a member of the US House of Representatives and ran for the vice presidency in 1996. AFP
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (India). The Olympic shooting bronze medallist is a member of the Parliament of India and a cabinet minister with independent charge at the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. AFP
Romario (Brazil). The 1994 World Cup-winning footballer is a federal senator in Brazil. Getty Images
George Weah (Liberia). The former world player of the year footballer in the president of Liberia. Reuters
Arjuna Ranatunga (Sri Lanka). A 1996 cricket World Cup-winning captain, Ranatunga is a member of Sri Lanka's Parliament and previously served as deputy minister for tourism. AFP
Navjot Sidhu (India). The former India batsman is a member of the Punjab state legislative assembly and serves as Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums.
Sanath Jayasuriya, right (Sri Lanka). The former all-rounder and ex-teammate of Ranatunga in the 1996 World Cup-winning team, is a member of Sri Lanka's Parliament. He also served as deputy minister of local government & rural development. AP Photo
Bill Bradley, right (United States). The former New York Knicks basketball player went on to become a US senator in the upper house of the country's bicameral legislature.
Mohammed Azharuddin (India). The former India cricket captain is a member of Parliament.
Sebastian Coe (United Kingdom). The former two-time Olympic gold medal-winning runner was a Conservative Party member of Parliament. He is now a member of the House of Lords, which is the upper house of the UK's bicameral legislature. Reuters
Vitali Klitschko (Ukraine). The former heavyweight world boxing champion is the mayor of Kiev.
Manny Pacquiao (Philippines). The eight-weight world boxing champion combines his career in the ring with his duties as a senator in the upper house of the Philippines' bicameral legislature. EPA
Wesley Korir (Kenya). The former Boston Marathon champion is a member of the Kenyan Parliament.