Politicians who are dab hands at sport... and those who aren't

Tuesday 20 May 2014 10:00
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Bolivia's president Evo Morales, 54, has been signed by a professional football club to play next season.

Some politicians' sporting efforts have been surprisingly successful while others have left a little to be desired...

Al-Saadi Gaddafi

Muammar Gaddafi’s son managed to broker a deal in 2003 allowing him to play for the Italian football team Perugia. The Libyan was voted the league’s worst ever footballer.

Barack Obama

The US president had a difficult day on the White House’s basketball court last year when he missed 20 out of 22 attempts to sink a basket. He has often displayed more aptitude however.

Kim Jong-il

North Korean media outlets reported in 1994 that Kim Jong-il had shot a 38-under-par round of golf that included 11 holes in one, which would have been a world record. What’s more, it was his first time playing the sport.

Boris Johnson

When the London mayor took part in a charity football match alongside ex-professionals and celebrities from Germany and England in 2006 he rugby-tackled an opponent in order to win the ball.

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov

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At Turkmenistan's first ever car race in 2012, the nation's autocratic leader asked to participate - and amazingly managed to record the best time in the time-trials.

Idi Amin

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The former despot, who became known as the Butcher of Uganda, was the country's light heavyweight champion between 1951 and 1960.