Sporting icons are considered immortals by their fans after making an indelible mark in their sporting careers. 2022 has been a year of several success stories and yet on the flip side, several legendary sporting icons have passed away. ABP Live brings to you some of the athletes who passed away in 2022.

The Sporting Icons Who Passed Away In 2022

Shane Warne: The Aussies leggie’s death on March 4 sent cricket fans and the fraternity to shock. The 52-year-old was found unconscious in his Thailand resort. The autopsy reports later declared that he died of natural cause.

Andrew Symonds: Over two months after Warnie’s death came to another shocker as another legendary cricketer from Down Under, Andrew Symonds’, passed away on May 14 aged 46. The former Kangaroos all-rounder was killed in a car crash.

Bill Russell: One of the greatest basketball player of all time played for Boston Celtics in the NBA during the civil unrest in the US. He won 11 championships in 13 seasons from 1957-69. He died on July 31 aged 88. He was a legend off the court as he marched with Martin Luther King jr, supported Muhammad Ali and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.   

Asad Rauf: The former ICC panel elite umpire from Pakistan died due to cardiac arrest in Lahore on September 14. He officiated 64 Tests, 139 one-dayers and 28 T20Is. His career came to a controversial end when he was named in the IPL spot-fixing scandal in 2013. In 2016, BCCI banned Rauf for five years on misconduct and corruption charges. Before becoming an umpire, he also played 71 first-class matches as a middle-order batsman.

Nick Bollettieri: On December 4, Nick Bollettieri, one of the greatest Tennis coaches passed away. He was 91 when he died. Bollettieri was the force behind players like Maria Sharapova, Andre Agassi and Monica Seles to become World No. 1. Also, according to International Tennis Federation, six players whom Bollettieri coached have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.      

Rod Marsh: Australian cricket great was known as “Iron Gloves”, who started his career in 1970 has played 92 ODIs. the southpaw was the first Australian to score a Test Century against Pakistan in 1982. He passed away at the age of 74 on March 4 in an Adelaide hospital. He slipped into coma before he died.

Rudi Koertzen: The South African umpire died on August 9 in a car crash when he was returning home after playing golf. It was reported that along with Koertzen, three others died in a head-on collision near the town of Riverdale in Western Cape province. He style of declaring a batter out was popularly known as the “slow finger of death”, where he would slowly rise his left arm with pointing finger at the batter.

Charanjit Singh: The captain of the Tokyo Olympics gold medal-winning hockey team in 1964, Charanjit Singh, passed away at the age of 90 on January 27. He died after suffering a heart attack. He was one of the most celebrated sportspersons in India of his generation. He was also part of the silver medal-winning team in the 1960 Olympics.

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