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African athlete's undervalued?20140426

African athlete's undervalued?20140426

After Yaya Toure said being African has restricted the recognition his skills deserve we speak to Maria Mutola considered by many as Africa’s greatest female athlete. She believes she was paid three times less by sponsors than American counterparts despite her dominance. She also reveals that she considered leaving Mozambique to take up American citizenship so she could earn the same.

Sporting Memory

The remarkable relationship between sport and dementia. We hear from the Sporting Memories Network as their project continues to grow, taking in a new global perspective and providing stories of those remembering their early life by reliving glorious sporting moments.

Evans Equality

Ladies Day at the Snooker world championship was a good opportunity to look at what is preventing 10-times women’s champion Reanne Evans from succeeding in the men’s game. She has played on the men’s tour for two years and did not win a match. We hear theories as varied as the notion that men and women’s brains work differently to a lack of finance in the women’s game.

Mani Muses on Moyes

After David Moyes left Manchester United Mani Djazmi looks at the problems inherent in the least secure profession in the world.


The story of one woman who escaped from mean streets of the Bronx via a sport she initially thought was a vegetable!

Jamaica Sprint Stars

How the return to the island of Jamaica has inspired a new generation of sprinters, who are on course to put Usain Bolt in the shade.

Sporting Witness

Brandi Chastain bares all by revisiting one of the most exciting matches in the history of women's football - the final of the 1999 Women's World Cup. Chastain’s exuberant celebration at the end of that match has gone down as a classic image in sport.

Awarded to the city of….20130907

Awarded to the city of….20130907

…Awarded to the city of….

Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid are competing to be the 2020 Olympic hosts. We’ll hear why some say the decision was made at least 8 years ago and take a look inside the smoke filled rooms that dominate the internal politics that goes into winning the bid. Guests include Dr Vassili Girginov, visiting Professor at the Russian International Olympic University and Mike Lee, who masterminded Great Britain’s successful bid for 2012.

Ashe to Ashe

On the 45th anniversary of the first US Open final in the professional era we hear from the man defeated by Arthur Ashe in 1968. Dutchman Tom Okker lost in 5 sets and recalls that first final, his life on the tennis tour and his career as an art dealer once he laid his racquet down!

Prime Minister’s Captain.

As Australia goes to the polls we speak to the former Australian rugby international Phillip Crowe. He captained the current leader of the opposition Tony Abbot when they both turned out for the Oxford University rugby team. We’ll find out what kind of team player he was on and off the pitch ahead of potentially running Australia.

NFL Season Start

As the new American football season gets underway we hear from Michael Duerson whose brother Dave, a former player, shot himself in the heart in 2011. Dave wanted to commit suicide in a way that preserved his brain for scientific research. He had had a career of head concussions caused by playing Gridiron. Only last week 4500 former players settled with NFL on this issue, but is enough being done to stop these injuries? We are also joined by Troy Vincent Senior Vice President of the NFL Player Engagement Organisation.

Bright, Kamara, Action

No sooner had footballer Kei Kamara clicked his heels three times he found himself back England following a transfer deadline day deal from Kansas City. We hear how Kamara is on a one man mission to improve the image of his native Sierra Leone through footballing success.

Begging Bowl or Bright Idea?20141115

Formula One team Caterham have raised enough money to participate in the final Grand Prix of the season. The team's financial problems have led the company into administration. They have used a novel investment strategy, crowd funding. That has been described by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone as like a "begging bowl". So does it cheapen the sport? We speak to the man behind the idea and ask if it could be a new way for sport teams to raise revenue.

Rime of the Modern Day Mariner

Cape Town is the setting for the start of the second leg of the world’s premier ocean race. So what is it like to be on the open seas for so long? We asked Dee Caffari, the only woman to circumnavigate the world in both directions, about life on board of the only all-women team in the Volvo ocean race. With a little help from the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Cycling: A Bright Idea

Everyone knows that cycling is a bright idea, now the proof. We are in Netherlands at the opening of a cycle path that is lit by the power of those passing through!

AFCON Challange

The host country for the Africa Cup of Nations is still unknown after Morocco pulled out of hosting Africa's most prestigious sporting competition. Hosts normally have years to prepare, so what will be the challenges facing whoever steps in, in putting this event on in just 60 days? We speak to Nomsa Mahlangu, who was on the organising committee of South Africa's successful World Cup in 2010 and AFCON 2013.

Stan: Still the Man

Stiliyan Petrov was captain of the Bulgarian national football team and starred for Glasgow Celtic and for Aston Villa in the English Premier League. In March 2012 he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia. His treatment was successful and in August 2012 he went into remission, but his professional football career was over. Two years on, Petrov, who still lives near to Aston Villa's stadium, is still playing football, albeit in the slightly less glamorous surroundings of his local team Wychall Wanderers.

Sporting Witness

As the MLS (Major League Soccer) season approaches its climax in the US, we have an inside account of Pele's shock transfer to the New York Cosmos in 1975 - which put US soccer on the map.

(Photo: A Caterham car is lifted off the track during qualifying at the 2014 Monaco F1 Grand Prix. Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Brian Banks – A Life Rediscovered20130921

From football field to jail cell and back again - The story of a mans fight for innocence

Facing Demons in the NFL20140927

Three NFL players are suspended while they wait for domestic abuse cases to proceed; another faces child abuse charges. Criticism over their handling of the incidents has prompted the NFL to appoint a team of advisors to help deal with the problem.

We talk to one of them, Kim Gandy, President of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and to sports lawyer Chris Allen about what power sports organisations and clubs have when dealing with players who commit offences off the field of play.

Arch to Arc

Only 20 people have completed this ultra-triathlon which comprises a 140 kilometre run from Marble Arch in London to Dover, a 35 kilometre swim from Dover to Calais, followed by a 290 kilometre bike ride from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Psychiatrist Jo Rodda has overcome her fear of monsters in deep water to try to break the women's record of 92 hours.

Origins of the Ryder Cup

Golf's Ryder Cup, was first held in the 1920s. But golf historian Martin Davis tells us, that contrary to the generally accepted time-line, the event in Massachusetts in 1927 wasn't the first.

From the Pit Wall

When Audi claimed a one-two finish at the latest round of motor racing's World Endurance Championship in Houston at the weekend, the person running the operation and deciding the race strategy was Leena Gade. We hear how she went from aerospace engineering graduate to three-times Le Mans winner.

Remembering Robert Enke

It's almost five years since the former Germany goal-keeper Robert Enke took his own life after battling depression. His widow Teresa, who set up the Robert Enke foundation to raise the public awareness of depression, says that progress is being made.

Sporting Witness

This week we go back to 1991 and the Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island, and hear from two people who played key roles in what was dubbed “The War by the Shore”.

Fallon’s Fight20140125

Fallon’s Fight20140125

We speak to Fallon “The Queen of Swords” Fox, the first transgender MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. She has had to put up with some awful abuse including facing a fighter who walked to the ring accompanied by the song Dude Looks Like a Lady.

Keeping Mum

It is not just snow starved Jamaica looking for Winter Olympic history in Sochi, Lydia Lassila is attempting to become the first Australian two-time gold medallist from the country. She has got extra support since her gold winning performance in Vancouver - son Kai! Lydia talks half pikes, knee injury and life as a new Olympic mum

The Agent with an Agent

As the football transfer window comes towards its heated end we are chasing the agents, who it appears are so busy they need agents. We are in Germany to meet the lady so in demand she has got herself an agent!

Data Protection

We look at how the data collected from sports like rugby is being used to help sportsmen stay fit, spectators stay informed and businesses stay profitable.

Auschwitz Goalie

Ahead of the UN’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day we hear the story of Ronald Jones who at the age of 96 has written a book about his time as the 'Auschwitz Goalie'.

Ferguson, Football and the Future20140823

Ferguson, Football and the Future20140823

Ferguson’s McClure High School football team, The Comets, are back training and ready for the first game of the season this weekend. We speak to their coach Mario MacDonald. What impact have the riots in Missouri had on young people in the area?

Miners’ Strike

Whilst attention might have been on the start of the English Premier League season, you might not have realised that on the same day the search to crown the 2015 FA Cup holders also began. We’re with Atherton Collieries who beat St Helens in the extra preliminary round and are now just 13 matches from the final!

Queen of Kings

Is Chess rife with sexism? The 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø earlier this month turned out to be the last in the career of the most successful female player in the history of the game. . In 1991 when Hungarian Judit Polgar was just 15 she became the youngest person ever to achieve the status of Grandmaster. Although that record has since been broken, she still holds many more! As a woman she had to fight to gain acceptance in a sport she describes as sexist.

From Nowhere to Olympics in VX Years

Is VX, the best sport you've never heard of? According to its creator is made up of "a pinch of pelota, a hint of hockey, a dash of dodge-ball and a little lacrosse" Created eight years ago it is one of few mixed sports with no gender or disability classification but is evolving this niche sport into an Olympic disciple just a pipe dream? Sportshour goes armed with scoops, a stick and some tennis balls to the VX World Championships to see Scotland’s Meghan Plummer take on Ugandan Malingha Timothy.

Power-chair Football

We’re at the Australian national Power-chair football finals finding out about a sport designed for those in power assisted wheelchairs that offers a chance to those who thought they’d never be able to play football again.

Darts Delivers

As the first World darts Series event taking place in Singapore we ask arrows legend Raymond Van Barneveld whether darts can conquer Asia and its popular computer version of the game.

Losing battle?

Are the high numbers of those emigrating from the Republic of Ireland threatening the future of its native sports like Gaelic Football?

The Benefits of Football

How a football project in Denmark is improving the lives of homeless people through the physical and psychological health benefits derived from cardio activity.

Sporting Witness… In 1992 a brilliant generation of players made Lithuania one of the most popular basketball teams in Olympic history. With unexpected help from rock band The Grateful Dead, the newly independent nation won a bronze medal and secured a famous victory over the former Soviet Union.

Photo: Police in riot gear stand in position as they watch demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri(CREDIT Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

India Blind to Cricket Progress20140809

Is the “Jock” Culture in the US leading to a Rape Culture?20131109

Following the convictions in the Steubenville High School rape case, America is once again digesting allegations of sexual violence involving high school footballers. Writers Erin Ryan and Lyell Walker join us to look at whether “jock” culture and the elevated status in society of High School sportsmen, especially at such a young age, contribute to violence against women both directly and indirectly.

(Picture Credits: Joshua Gunter, Plain Dealer file)

Havana Laugh

For 50 years the clash between communism and the cash-making side of sport has meant there are no professional boxers in Cuba. However, professional boxers are about to get a sporting chance to shine. The World Series of Boxing starts this week and a team from Cuba will be taking part. We’re in Havana with Amateur Champion Lazslow Alverea and Cuban boxing president Alberto Puig.

From Our Own Correspondent Sport

Jennie Gow compares and contrasts her experiences at the last two F1 Grand Prix’s, back to back races in cash rich Abu Dhabi and poverty stricken India.

The Thrill McCoy

We head to the races to speak to those who work with, admire, win with and lose to A.P McCoy the man who has ridden 4000 winners and counting. With ex jockeys John Francombe, Carl Llewellyn, Colin Brown, trainer Charlie Longston plus fans, bookies and owners.

The Long Wheel of the Law

A couple of weeks ago on the show we heard in our 100 women debate that one of the issues facing women in sport was that is it often difficult to make enough money from sport to support themselves and their family. This week we hear from MIRIAM WELTE and KRISTIAN VOGEL two Olympic and World champions who combine their training and competitions with a career in Police force.

Irish eyes a wincing?!

The new Republic of Ireland management team made up of two big personalities, manager Martin O’Neill from north of the border, assistant Roy Keene from the south. We hear from Eamon Dunphy who ghost wrote Roy Keene’s autobiography on what this new collaboration means for football and the people of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Korea Change?20130914

Will sport cause the South Korean flag to be raised in the North for the first time?

Shattered Dreams20140712

Shattered Dreams20140712

The hosts crashed out of their World Cup in the most humiliating manner, but the chaos that was predicted for Brazil 2014 didn't materialise; protests were rare once the tournament got underway and fans from around the world partied across the country. So with just the third place play-off and the final to go, what has the World Cup meant to Brazil and Brazilians? Were those involved in the protests won over? We talk to Brazilians who enjoyed the party, a protester to find out whether he's altered his view and to a sports sociologist to to ask what effect Brazil's 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany will have on the country's economy and politics in election year?

It's Not Just Football

While Brazil comes to terms with their humiliating semi-final defeat at the World Cup, perhaps it's time to turn to other sports for a while. We hear about the growth of cricket in the country and their hopes of playing with the world’s elite in the Twenty-20 format of the game.

Jamaican Pioneer

Their sprinters dominate the athletics track, now meet the diver hoping to do the same for aquatics in the country, Yona Knight-Wisdom.

Red Lanterns

The leader, and winner, of the Tour de France wears the prestigious yellow jersey. Those that finish last are referred to as the "Lanterne Rouge" after the red lanterns that used to be hung from the final carriage of a train. We find out about the last men home.

Power shift

A year ago five of the top ten women golfers in the world were from South Korea, now there are just two. We investigate the power-shift in the women's game.

PHOTO: Sad Brazil fans (CREDIT: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

Sports Hour20140517

Sports Hour20140517

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Where Should Sport End and Politics Begin?20140802

Where Should Sport End and Politics Begin?20140802

England cricketer Moeen Ali and Malaysian Commonwealth Games cyclist Azizulhasni Awang displayed messages relating to the conflict in Gaza, both were instructed by sporting authorities not to do so again. Also this week the Argentine Football Association was fined after the national team displayed a banner before a match that supported the country's claims over the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, which are a British Overseas Territory. So should sport stars be allowed to express their political views whilst competing? We debate the issue with former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne and Milorad Cavic who in 2008 won gold at the European swimming championships but after wearing a T-shirt with a political message at the medal ceremony, was asked to leave the competition immediately.

Rosi Sexton

After Rosi Sexton gained her first class degree in Maths from Cambridge University and PhD in Theoretical Computer Science, she embarked on a ground breaking career in Mixed Martial Arts. Recently retired she tells us about why she took up the sport, the barriers she broke as the first Briton to fight in the UFC, and the importance of teaching her son the difference between violence and controlled aggression in the ring.

Mongol Derby

Next week the sixth running of the Mongol Derby gets underway. It’s billed as the world's toughest horse race. The horses are semi wild and cross 1000km of Mongolian grassland, with competitors having to change to new steeds at regularly intervals. Musse Hasselvall, a Swedish jujitsu champion turned actor, tells us about why he’s taking part and why he’s not preparing too much. He tells us “You don’t want to spoil the movie by watching the trailer!”

Women’s Tour De France?

World Champion Marianne Vos looks back on last weekend’s “La Course” event that saw women race competitively down the Champs Elysees for the first time in 25 years. She shares her vision for the future of the sport.

Commonwealth Games

The story of South African Precious McKenzie whose dad was eaten by a crocodile, his mother was an alcoholic and he overcame terrible abuse as a child to win Commonwealth gold in four consecutive games for England and then New Zealand!

How the charity “Kit It Out” has continued its work from London 2012. It is now enabling even more para athletes from poorer nations to have the equipment and clothing needed to compete.

Why boxer Taoriba Biniati from the tiny Pacific island of Kiribati had never fought another woman before stepping in the ring in Glasgow.

Whilst Sporting Witness… looks back to 1958 and Milkha Singh who became the first Indian ever to win a track and field gold at the Commonwealth Games. Known as “The Flying Sikh", his life story was recently made into a Bollywood biopic.

Photo: Argentina's footballers pose for photographers holding a banner reading 'The Malvinas / Falkland Islands are Argentine' before a friendly football match against Slovenia in Buenos Aires on June 7, 2014 (Credit: ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

You Can’t Deny Brunei Women20131102

The Queen’s Baton was in Brunei this week on its way to next year’s Commonwealth Games. We speak to Maziah Mahusin, the country’s first female athlete to compete at the Olympics last year. She is trying to qualify for Glasgow 2014 but being the country’s only female athlete and juggling her studies are all adding to the challenge.

(Image credited: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Glasgow 2014)

Minority Report. The Story of Ethnic Minorities in English Football

British born Jews have been involved in football with great success, owning Premier League clubs and even running the FA. Yet there has only ever been one British born Jew to play in the Premier League. This off field success is in sharp contrast to the on field success of the British Black community. So what can ethnic groups learn from one another? Plus, what needs to be done to help British Asians be successful in the game? Guests include Lord Triesman, David Bernstein and Zesh Rehman.

Quarterback, fully forward

James Harris grew up playing high school football in America's segregated Deep South. His dream of becoming a professional quarterback seemed like a fantasy. But in 1967 he began to change what was possible for African American players. We hear from Harris and the role he played in the civil rights movement - and why his playing skills and strength of character ultimately led him to become the first black player to be the starting quarterback for an AFL team.

Back to Reality?

Just over a year ago in London disabled people were suddenly in the spotlight during the 2012 Paralympics. It was hoped that it would have a lasting impact on attitudes towards the disabled... But a year on, have they gone back to being invisible? We go back to the site of those games to look at the issue.

Houston We Have No Problem

Creating a successful new sport team from scratch, especially in a country that has many more popular sports, is a daunting prospect, even if you are David Beckham. So we get advice from Steven Powell, Senior Vice President at the Houston Dynamos, whose owners include Oscar de la Hoya, and who have created a popular football franchise deep in basketball and baseball territory.


“From Our Own Correspondent Sport” This week our MOTO GP reporter Nick Harris on engines, earthquakes, and energy sapping travel.

You Can’t Deny Brunei Women20131102

Less on the score, more about sports relationship with culture, society and politics.