Usain Bolt, Stephen Curry among sports figures in Time's '100 Most Influential People' list

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt (left) and the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry.
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt (left) and the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry. PHOTOS: REUTERS, AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Sports figures including Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt and the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player, Stephen Curry, pepper Time magazine's 2016 "100 Most Influential People" list published on Thursday.

American golfer Jordan Spieth, Britain's Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, UFC great Ronda Rousey and American swimmer Katie Ledecky also made the list.

So did Indian tennis player Sania Mirza, ranked No.1 in the world in women's doubles, who was praised as an inspiration to a generation of Indians in a tribute written by cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

Ziggy Marley writes on Bolt, calling him a "unifying force" in Jamaica, while ballerina Misty Copeland writes in appreciation of Golden State Warriors star Curry.

Other names with sporting links to make the list include Caitlyn Jenner - the former Olympic decathlon champion turned transgender icon.