How sports stars around the world welcomed 2019From Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to Roger Federer and Cristiano Ronaldo, sporting stars all over the world welcomed 2019 with much fervour.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 1, 2019UPDATED: January 1, 2019 12:45 IST Cristiano Ronaldo welcomed the new year with his family. (@Cristiano Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma celebrated the new year in SydneyRoger Federer posted a short video wishing his fans a happy new yearSaina Nehwal posted a photo with husband Parupalli Kashyap from the new year celebrations2019 has arrived and a new year calls for a celebration. Sports stars around the world welcomed the new year in their own way, some with their families, some shared moments with their fans and some just thanked for a solid 2018. In the new year, the world of sports will have India and Australia face each other in the final Test of a four-match series, starting January 3, Australian Open, the continuation of Premier Badminton League (PBL) and the continuing football season.Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli led the new year celebrations for the cricketers by posting a couple of images with his actor-wife Anushka Sharma. Shikhar Dhawan on the other hand posted a short video of his best moments from the year gone by.Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova posted videos of welcoming the new year and wishing their fans on the happy occasion while Novak Djokovic had some videos of his own to wish everybody.Many of the world’s badminton stars welcomed the new year in India with their PBL teams and danced the night away. Newlyweds Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap had the company of each other to welcome 2019.Here is how the sporting stars of the world brought in a new year.Happy New Year to everyone back home and all over the world, all the way from Australia. Have a wonderful year ahead God bless everyone. pic.twitter.com/ETr48NWbS5Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 31, 2018Looking back at few of the best moments from 2018. Here’s hoping the next year is better and brighter for everyone. Have a great year ahead guys. Rab rakha#flashback #happynewyear2019 #newbegginnings pic.twitter.com/wx13iXG16padvertisementShikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 31, 2018Wooohoooooo!!!Goodbye 2018 Let’s go 2019!#happynewyear pic.twitter.com/dwTB3dCGq0Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) December 31, 2018You’ve got mail from @ShenzhenOpenWTAFROM: @MariaSharapovaRE: New Year’s 2019 pic.twitter.com/ZtpXqM0SQ4WTA (@WTA) December 31, 2018Thank you guys for all the love and support in 2018! Awesome to experience this life journey with every last one of you. Where are you celebrating New Years??!!! #2018bestnine pic.twitter.com/6jZbzcS7tGNovak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) December 31, 2018Chest bumping into 2019 like….. pic.twitter.com/uSTmNJyFVpNovak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) December 31, 2018 Photo: Saina Nehwal Instagram Carolina Marin welcomed 2019 in India with her badminton mates. (Carolina Marin Instagram)Two-time Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar posted an adorable video of himself with his kids celebrating the new year’s eve and captioned the same as, “Best way to celebrate the new year is with your kids.. Their innocence fills our heart with so much joy and happiness.. Hopefully this years brings a lot of happiness and success .. Need all tour blessings… HAPPY NEW YEAR.”He also posted a photograph of himself with his wife and wished everyone a happy new year all the way from Hong Kong.Happy new year to all and everyone back home all the way from Hongkong.. wish you hv a wonderful and prosperous 2019 pic.twitter.com/FUiARCNHPI Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) December 31, 2018Also Read | Watch: Indian cricket’s most viral videos of 2018 featuring Kohli, Jadeja and RainaAlso Read | We are Manchester United: Paul Pogba asserts everyone is enjoying themselvesAlso Read | Proud parents: Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh blessed with a baby girlFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Happy New YearFollow Virat KohliFollow Cristiano RonaldoFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Roger FedererFollow Maria SharapovaFollow Saina Nehwal
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Speaking to the press in New York, the Secretary-General also said Côte d’Ivoire would be on the agenda during Monday’s meetings.He emphasized the importance of addressing strife-torn Darfur, a region which earlier this month Mr. Annan said needed a UN peacekeeping operation to take over from the African Union (AU) force currently there.Such a force “would require the participation of governments with highly trained troops, who are also well equipped. It is not going to be easy for the big and powerful countries with armies to delegate to Third World countries. They will have to play a part if we are going to stop the carnage that we see in Darfur,” he said.When meeting with President Bush, Mr. Annan said he would discuss “the needs that we have and the countries that I think can supply those needs, and that will include the US.”He also predicted that talks would touch on the Iranian issue, the situation in Iraq and the Middle East, as well as the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that have sparked violent protests worldwide.The subject of UN reform would also be discussed, Mr. Annan said. In addition to conferring with the President on 13 February, the Secretary-General will have a separate working lunch with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice before returning to New York.