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Shining a light on the world's sport stories and issues.




Me Too

Earlier this year the sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to more than 360 years in prison in the United States. More than 250 women, including many of the country's elite gymnasts accused him of sexual abuse, including Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles. Among those gymnasts to testify against him was another Olympic champion Aly Raisman. It was the testimony of Raisman and her team-mates that gave the Icelandic gymnast Tinna Odinsdottir the courage to tell of how she was raped by a...


Munich Air Disaster Tribute

This week, Manchester United and the world of football marked the sixtieth anniversary of the Munich Air disaster. The greatest footballer in Kenya’s history – Joe Kadenge became a Manchester United fan after the tragedy and for the first time in his life, he got to watch United play at Old Trafford against Huddersfield. During his visit to Manchester, he attended the Munich memorial service on Tuesday and also popped into the BBC Sport studio where we spoke to him about fulfilling a...


Sportshour at the Super Bowl: Death in Minneapolis

We look back on an NFL season dominated by politics and protest, and ask if the player protests have failed and how significant is the issue that prompted Colin Kaepernick's campaign in the first place... Police brutality, and why Minneapolis St Paul's was such an apposite location for this year's Super Bowl... Killed on Facebook: Why I joined the police after my nephew was killed by an officer As well as the home of this year’s Super Bowl, Minneapolis-St Pauls was also the home of...


A Landmark Case in Sport

Former Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was jailed for 175 years, after he was convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault. We speak to Katherine Starr who created Safe 4 Athletes, an organisation protecting athlete welfare, who says the first gymnast came to her to report sexual abuse in US Gymnastics. Kiko Matthews will try to break the world record for rowing solo across the Atlantic, despite having little or no experience in a boat. She will be raising money for Kings College...


'Cyrille Regis was a pioneer, but to me, he was my uncle'.

Following the sad news this week that Cyrille Regis passed away at the age of 59, Caroline Barker speaks to his nephew Jason Roberts about the inspiring role Cyrille had on many lives but also how he shaped his own footballing career. Jason pays tribute to his hero and how he will remember Cyrille. On 14th February 2013, Reeva Steenkamp was killed by her boyfriend, the once idolised Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorious. At the time, he was sentenced to six years. A term prosecutors argued...


Women Allowed

Women allowed For the first time Saudi women have been allowed into stadiums to watch a football match. It happened in Jeddah. We hear what the the experience was like from one of the pioneering women and what it means for future change in the country. Stranded in Romania Romania has been home for the Tonga Rugby international Sione Vaiomounga for three years, since he joined the Baia Mare club in 2014. But he suffered kidney failure in his first season and needs regular dialysis...


Chess Queen hits out at Saudi regime

Ukrainian Anna Muzychuk is a grandmaster of the sport but the two time world champion lost her titles as she refused to take part in the World Chess Championship in Saudi Arabia because she did not want to play by someone else’s rules. She told Caroline Barker that she doesn’t want to be treated like a secondary creature. It was the first time the tournament was held in Saudi Arabia which has already caused a stir with several players from Israel denied a visa to enter the country. Anna’s...


2017: Trump and Sport

A look back at a year when President Trump and the world of sport clashed. Photo: US President Donald Trump holds a jersey given to him by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (R) and head coach Bill Belichick (L) alongside members of the team during a ceremony honoring them as 2017 Super Bowl Champions on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 19, 2017. CREDIT: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)


Ice Hockey's Transgender Star

Harrison Browne is a professional ice-hockey player with the Metropolitan Riveters in the National Women's Hockey League in the United States. He's won championships, but Harrison is also known for being the first transgender athlete on a professional US sports team. On a cold wintry night in 2003, 89 merry Union Berlin fans hatched a plan. The team had just lost their last game before the winter break but the fans didn’t want to say goodbye to each other without some Christmas joy. So...


California Wildfires: the Horse Racing Community trying to Rebuild

Wildfires have caused severe damage to businesses and homes in Southern California. Several horse racing and dressage stables have been destroyed after the blaze engulfed areas outside Los Angeles and San Diego. In early November, Peter Miller was celebrating his most successful day as trainer but 30 days later, he had lost five horses in the fire including a champion ride called California Diamond. Former England captain Graham Gooch talks about how the England cricket team shouldn’t be...


Injured by war but still an Ironman

Kerry Gruson talks about their experiences of competing in Ironman’s as a disabled athlete with her partner Caryn Lubetsky. The American was left paralysed after a soldier attacked her during an interview. The Christmas Truce during the winter of 1914 has become one of the most re-told stories of the First World War Soldiers from both sides stopped fighting to exchange gifts, sing carols and play a game of football on the battlefield near Ypres. To commemorate the truce, every December the...


World Cup Worries

As the groups are drawn for the 2018 World Cup we assess the problems facing LGBT and minority fans in Russia. British Athlete Bobby Clay opens up about the over training and under eating from the age of 15 has robbed her of puberty and left her with the bone disease Osteoporosis. As Australia lift their eleventh Rugby League World Cup title we hear from Gary Carter, a journalist who fought back from the brink of death to report on the World Cup final after a brutal attack left him in a...


My Unbreakable story

In 1999, 16 year old tennis player Jelena Dokic, Ranked 129, beat world number one Martina Hingis, the teenager from Australia came of age. Dokic would go on to reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon that year, but despite her success, she alleges that behind closed doors she was suffering physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her father, Damir. Jelena admits she nearly killed herself. Now retired Jelena has been telling her story to Sportshour and how her first day on a tennis court...


Love All: Australia Votes for Marriage Equality

After Australia’s citizens voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a national poll that will trigger a parliamentary debate, we assess how sport in the country may have influenced the vote. We're in the USA as researchers confirm the detection of the dementia-like disease CTE or "boxers brain" for the first time in a living person, a break through that could change the lives of the former NFL players suffering from the degenerative condition that’s been linked to repeated blows...


The Peace Marathon

2 years in hospital, 36 surgeries and a marathon founder May El Khalil was running on the side of road, when she was knocked over and crushed by a truck. The accident caused her to slip into a coma. Once she woke, she lay in a hospital bed for two years and she devised a plan. She wanted to start a marathon in Beirut, Lebanon. The Middle Eastern country had never hosted an event like it due political and social unrest but May despite the protests was determined to get her idea over the...


Band of Brothers

‘I didn’t realise I was shot, it felt like I was hit by a hammer’ On October 1st, Nick Robone and friends headed to a music festival in downtown Las Vegas. Halfway through headliner Jason Aldean’s set a crackle of gunfire can be heard over the music. Nick was one of the 500 people injured by the gunman; the bullet had just avoided his heart and punctured his lung. As blood filled his mouth, his brother Anthony and friend Billy carried Nick to safety. As they waited behind a parked car,...


The Lord's of East Africa

The Lords of East Africa Newsland in Cape Town, New Road in Worcester, the Queenstown Event centre in New Zealand, three of the prettiest grounds to watch or play cricket but there is a new stadium that could usurp their crown. The Kicukiro Oval in Kigali, maybe one of the newest grounds in world cricket but it’s already one of the grounds with spectacular scenery in sport. History will be made this weekend, when it will host the first competitive game. Rwanda will be taking on an All Star...


Coming of Age for Women in Sport

‘Coming of age for women in sport’ ‘We’re not scared to rock the boat anymore’ and ‘we need more women in the corridors of power’, those are some of the comments from Ruth O’Reilly. Ruth was part of the Irish Rugby team at this summer’s World Cup. She criticised the Irish Rugby Football Union on the final day about a lack of planning, commitment and communication during their World Cup preparations. This week, saw the IRFU downgrade the Women’s Head coach role from a full-time one to a...


Vegas Strong

Vegas Strong It’s been two weeks since a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas. The city is still trying to recover from the tragedy. One source of inspiration is the city’s first professional sport team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The ice hockey team came into existence this year and, on Tuesday, they hosted their first ever home match, where they honoured the emergency services. The team have yet to lose this season. Steve Carp covers the team for the Las Vegas Review-Journal; his...


Catalonia Referendum: What does it mean for sport?

A week on from Catalonia's vote for independence Caroline Barker is joined by Radio Catalunya's Ernest Macia and Spanish football commentator Eduardo Alvarez to look at what Catalan independence could mean for sport in the region and FC Barcelona, one of the world's biggest football clubs.


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