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Stories about Sport

Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz makes history for winning the Philippines’ first ever Olympic gold medal

"A woman unfairly included in the drug matrix wins the first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines. Coincidence or a foretelling? The last man standing is a woman."

Community support is vital to women athletes: Kosovo alpinist Uta Ibrahimi

Uta Ibrahimi, an alpinist from Kosovo, talks about her mountaineering adventures and the challenges she faces as an gender equality and environmental activist in this interview for Global Voices.

Pakistani woman cricketer Nida Dar faces sexism from a former cricketer

Excerpts of a recent interview with Abdul Razzag and Nida Dar show him pointing out that the top woman cricketer is "manly".

Hong Kong Pro-Beijing camp finds fault with Olympic badminton player's black outfit

In Hong Kong, the hottest topic about the Tokoyo 2020 Olympic Games in recent days has been badminton player Angus Ng Ka-Long’s monochrome black outfit. 

In Turkey, 13-year-old girl challenges stereotypes in athletics

A 13-year-old handball player from Turkey's southeastern province, Şanlıurfa, is breaking stereotypes while galvanizing support for girls' participation in sports both in her village and around the country.

Austrian player Arnautović sparks racism controversy in Euro 2020 football game against North Macedonia

Twitter users pointed out that the perpetrator behind the anti-Albanian incident has a surname which might indicate ethnic Albanian roots in his family.

Naomi Osaka's French Open and Wimbledon withdrawals highlights athletes’ mental health

The pandemic exacerbated concerns around mental health among sports personalities. A number of high-profile athletes have been open about their pressures and mental health challenges associates with their sports.

Tokyo Olympics: A symbol of the divide in Japanese society

Using Twitter's public API, Global Voices analyzed more than 2.5 million Japanese-language tweets to gauge public sentiment around the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Jamaica’s ‘Mommy Rocket’, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, is the fastest woman alive

On June 5, Jamaica's two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the second fastest woman in history to win the 100 metres with a blazing 10.63-second run.

Curtain falls on Kenya's Benjamin Ayimba, first African coach outside of South Africa to win a Sevens World Series Cup

Rugby is the only team sport where Kenya has consistently excelled in the world, and Ayimba played a big part in that success.

Will the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon ever roar again on the football field? 

Cameroon's women's national football team has experienced setbacks. But deputy head coach of the squad is convinced there is a glimmer of hope in sight. 

Resistance, rebellion, and rage: Japan's opposition to the Tokyo Olympics

As Japan continues to struggle with a new wave of COVID-19 infections, opposition to the upcoming Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games continues to build.

Why the proposed European Super League collapsed before kick-off

The proposed tournament with Europe's top clubs received intense backlash from fans, sponsors, and football authorities.

As FIFA World Cup draws closer, migrant labour concerns in Qatar persist

Over 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar between 2010 and January 2021, according to a recent investigation by The Guardian newspaper.

Cameroon's Francis Ngannou: The UFC champion's fight from grass to grace 

As he entered the ring, Ngannou carried the expectations of his country, and indeed of the continent of Africa.

Macedonians race to buy ‘Euro 2020′ sticker album for local footballers’ collection

The tradition of collecting and swapping the self-adhesive Panini cards is part of the common culture in the former Yugoslavia, but this year's 'Euro 2020' creates a special buzz.

Thierry Henry quits social media and calls for platforms to act against racist online attacks

Popular public figures are quitting social media as an increase in virtual racial attacks against football players prompts fresh calls for social media platforms to do more.

In another blow for Japan's Summer Games, male chauvinist “Olympig” is forced to resign

Yet another setback for the 2020 Olympic games, already postponed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and plagued with gaffes.

Billionaire Patrice Motsepe, the favoured FIFA candidate, becomes Africa football boss

The candidates from Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Mauritania give up their bids in favour of South Africa’s Motsepe, and accepted supporting roles in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) hierarchy.

After 28 years, Kenya qualifies for major African basketball tournament, led by record-breaking female coach

Liz Mills, the Australia-born coach made history as the first woman coach to lead an African team to the AfroBasket tournament

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