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

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




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 to...

Duration: 00:39:08

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...

Duration: 00:28:25

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,...

Duration: 00:32:31

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...

Duration: 00:32:52

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...

Duration: 00:30:25

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...

Duration: 00:34:03

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.

Duration: 00:14:32

Trump, The NFL and Taking The Knee

President Donald Trump suggested during a rally speech in Alabama, athletes who fail to stand during the national anthem should be fired or suspended. Over the weekend, following this announcement, many players, coaches and owners in the NFL went out of their way to kneel and silently protest. We hear from LeBron James and other notable sport stars of America, poet Kwame Alexander and author Professor Louis Moore. (Photo: Dallas Cowboys link arms and kneel before the start of the NFL game...

Duration: 00:18:33

Sport's Concussion Discussion

We investigate the effects of concussion in sport. What if anything needs to be done to improve the safety of the sport stars we cheer on every week. How do you help athletes who want to play on regardless of the risks, and what responsibility for player's health do we have as fans? We are joined by neurologist Dr Margaret Goodman. For many years she was a ringside physician in the home of boxing Las Vegas. She also served on the Nevada State Athletic Commission and chairs VADA, The...

Duration: 00:21:51

Colin Kaepernick: Athlete Activist

Ahead of the new NFL season we profile Colin Kaepernick. He stirred controversy last year for sitting or kneeling during the anthem, in protest against the treatment of black Americans. The quarterback remains without a team as the new season approaches. Supporters claim he remains unemployed because he was prepared to speak out about inequality in wider American society. We are joined by Dr. Harry Edwards, who organised the "Olympic Project for Human Rights" in the 1960's. It prompted...

Duration: 00:21:31

Golf in the Gobi

When we heard that Adam Rolston and his caddie Ron Rutford were planning on raising money for the Laureus Sport for Good charity by playing the longest hole in golf history, one that literally spanned the length of Mongolia, we had to find out more! Well 82 days and about 20,000 shots later, the pair are just a lofted wedge and a putt away from completing their adventure. We’re on the final stretch with the pair as they exit the Gobi and enter the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. Retirement...

Duration: 00:26:15

Football's Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup in Oslo came to an end this week, how striking that it should be played out against the backdrop of a record breaking transfer window. We hear from Sophie and David who both found themselves in need of help in their lives and are now on the road to recovery through football, proudly representing Wales! Social went last week. When you win the World Cup... but have to go back to work There was an unexpected side effect to the recent victory of the New Zealand women's...

Duration: 00:25:33

Rugby Saved Me, Now I'm Banned From Playing

England takes on New Zealand in the final of the Women's Rugby World Cup on Saturday. It's an event players and fans alike are hotly anticipating, but for Jean Kim it's too painful to watch. When Jean says the sport of rugby saved her life, she means it, which makes it all the more difficult for her now she’s banned from playing. How to swim the English Channel four times, non stop Chloe McCardel is attempting to do something no one has ever done, or even tried! She will swim across the...

Duration: 00:28:45

The NFL and Colin Kaepernick

The 2017/18 NFL season starts in just a few days, but not for the first time the focus of attention ahead of a new season is on how the league and team are dealing with issues off the field. In particular the treatment of star quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He remains without a team, but does he remain unemployed because he was prepared to speak out about inequality on wider American society.

Duration: 00:21:31

Mayweather v McGregor: Fine fighting fayre or farce?

We preview the 'big fight' by profiling both fighters and ask why so many people are interested in a sporting event many feel a farce. We also look at the way the fight has been marketed and whether it has been done so without consideration of the consequences. Caroline Barker is joined by our boxing reporter Ade Adedoyin boxing writer Gabe Oppenheim, and we hear from Jeff Mayweather uncle of Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Katherine Redmond Brown founder of "The National Coalition Against...

Duration: 00:21:59

The Political Athlete Awakens

The First Ostracised Athlete The events in Charlottesville and the remarks made by President Trump this week, has seen an increase in US athletes speaking out against racism. One of the first high profile athletes to speak out about racism in the US, was two time NBA champion Craig Hodges. The former Chicago Bulls basketball player wrote a 14 page letter to President HW Bush expressing his displeasure at the inequality in society, but it was to his detriment, he would never play...

Duration: 00:25:47

The Rise of Fan TV

Footballs forgotten fans Football matches can be quite a daunting experience, especially fans suffering from social anxiety. Sonia Peacock’s son Kyle is autistic and she says clubs need to make fans with social anxiety feel more welcome. Kyle stopped attending Everton matches, after he was attacked by away fans, a couple of years ago. He only returned to Goodison Park this summer and Sonia says Kyle’s positive experience was down to fellow Everton fan Danny. A post from social media about...

Duration: 00:28:19

The Legacy of Bolt

Bolt's best friend Nugent Walker or NJ, as he’s known has been Usain Bolt’s best friend since primary school and manager since 2010. Despite being a ‘monster on the track’, NJ says Bolt is a bit of a dominos geek off it. What stands out from the interview is NJ is extremely proud watching his friend dominate the track. We could hear Usain in the background whilst we were talking to Nugent. He wasn’t able to talk; I think he has a race this week. Bolt changed my life Robyn Williams caught a...

Duration: 00:25:36

Will Brexit lead to a Premexit?

Will there be a Premexit? The Premier League is one of the most powerful leagues in the world. English clubs always challenge for major European titles and sign the world’s best players for record transfer fees. But are the glory days of the Premier League coming to end because of Brexit? Dr Babatunde Buraimo, from Liverpool University, says there are several factors that could help keep the Premier League an attractive destination. Four Four Feng Shui London based Queens Park Ranger are...

Duration: 00:31:14

World Para Athletic Championships Special

Mani Djazmi is joined by two time Paralympic sprint champion Martina Caironi and Lex Gillette, who is a four time Paralympic silver medalist in the long jump. The panel discuss performances at this years Para Athletic Championships and there are exclusive interviews with Paralympic Champions Jonnie Peacock and David Behre. Five years on from the London Paralympic games, Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson and journalist Mik Scarlet discuss whether the games have helped improve the lives of...

Duration: 00:47:00

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