Spurs and Soho, the perils and pleasures of being a gay football fan

Darryl Telles describes the joy and jeopardy of being a black, gay football fan in the 1980s Read More

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How black sports stars are risen to be dropped from a height

by Ahmed Olayinka Sule  On 29 April 2017, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko by a technical knockout in front of an audience of 90,000 to become the IBF, WBA and IBO World Heavyweight Champion. As a result of his victory, Joshua, a hugely talented athlete, has now become one of the most popular… Read More

Top 10 WoC Athletes of 2016 (and possibly 2017)

by Christienna Fryar and Shireen Ahmed   2016 may have been one of the most taxing years in recent history with the loss of sporting and artistic greats, but it also showed tremendous sportsmanship and glory from female athletes. For all its problems, the Olympics have reliably become one of the best showcases of women’s sports and… Read More

What The Paralympics and Colin Kaepernick Tells Us About Honouring War Veterans

by Christienna Fryar  For sports fans in the United States, early September brings the return of football[1]: college football; high school football; and of course, the NFL. For all its fanfare, the beginning of the football season can be a fairly perfunctory affair. This season, not so much. From the moment journalists realised that San Francisco… Read More

The Paralympics’ Lesson In Allyship

by Shane Thomas  I’m sure you’ve heard of the African aphorism (used to the point of such cliche that one sometimes questions its origins), “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Well, in the Paralympics, get you an athlete who can do both. One of the standout… Read More

In Sport, Sometimes Greed Is Good

by Shane Thomas  I’m sure many of us have done at least one thing in our lives that took a substantial amount of time and effort: completing a degree; moving house; or passing your driving test. And when it’s done, we can relax, look back on our achievement and think, “Glad that’s over. Don’t fancy going… Read More

When Being The Face Of The Games Goes Wrong

by Shane Thomas  Before Rio 2016 began, we published a piece on what we were looking forward to watching the most. The athlete I singled out was Alan Oliveira, who went into the Paralympics as arguably Brazil’s biggest hope for home success. While the host nation has other accomplished athletes such as Daniel Dias and Terezinha… Read More

The Paralympics’ Representation Problem

by Vilissa Thompson  As someone who enjoys sports and has paid closer attention to adaptive sports and disabled athletes, something profound stood out: the over-whiteness of everything. With the Paralympic Games in its fifth day, I wanted to explore how the lack of diversity played a critical role as to who gets the opportunity to make… Read More