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If we consider chess as a sport, then Anand was world class for more than 2 decades.
Essentially, we had Vijay, Anand, Saina, Sindhu
SaniaFan wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:57 am
BTW, What is the definition of world class? Why Saina is not considered world class? She just won bronze medal is world championship and is ranked in top 12. And for that matter Shrikant. Are we confusing world class with Best player in the world?
Depends on how global the sport is and how professional it is.
For a sport like tennis or golf, a consistent top 15/20 player is considered world class. In tennis, that would mean reaching multiple slam QFs and winning at least one tour level tournament a season on average.
Badminton which is more limited geographically and is professionally where tennis was 2 decades back (in terms of prize money and such), that would be a consistent top 5 player.
Amateur Olympic sports - multi Olympic medalists may be considered world class.