New Delhi: For many, the mixture of sports and politics often proved to be a heady cocktail. But for the former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, it is matter of pride and responsibility. After ruling the ring for many years, Dr. Ironfist announced his arrival in politics with a knock-out.
Contesting as a Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform candidate in the recent Ukrainian elections, the 42-year-old garnered more than 57 percent of the votes to become the mayor of Kiev.
Regarded as one of the greatest boxers, Klitschko has an enviable 87.25 knock-out percentage rate. He didn`t quite carry the boxing form in the political arena, finishing second in the 2006 elections for the same post.
However, like a true champion, he improved the results this time. And will lead the capital city in its reforms amidts a tense political situation, which has rocked the Eastern European country.
He was a leading figure in the 2013-2014 Euro-maidan protests, and many have seen him as a strong candidate for the Ukrainian presidency. But, in the run-up to the elections, he emerged as a strong ally to the billionaire businessman, Petro Poroshenko.
With Poroshenko already elected as the new president of Ukraine, Klitschko can now focus on reshaping the future of many Ukrainians.
With Agency inputs