Imran Khan, Manny Pacquiao and other athletes who became politicians - in pictures

As the former cricketer is set to be announced as the Pakistan Prime Minister, we look at other star sportspeople who took public office

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It's not uncommon for athletes to enter politics. Many traits needed to succeed in sport apply to government - leadership, organisation, motivation, performance under pressure, patriotism, and competitiveness are all required to thrive in both arenas.

Following the news that Pakistan cricket great Imran Khan has been appointed his nation's prime minister, above is a gallery of other athletes who followed successful sports careers with public office.

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