Sporting Witness [World Service]

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Bangladesh's Football Heroes2019031420190315 (WS)
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In 1971, the Bangladeshi football team made history at the height of the country's war of independence when they played a series of matches in India. The games were the first to be played under the flag of a nation that was still not officially recognised and helped raise money for Bangladesh's independence struggle. Farhana Haider talks to star striker Kazi Salahuddin, who was smuggled into India so he could take part in the matches.

(Photo:The Shadhin Bangla Football Dol "Free Bengal Football Team", 1971. Credit: Kazi Salahuddin)

How the national football team helped the country's fight for independence in 1971.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Marcus Trescothick And Mental Illness2019032820190329 (WS)
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In March 2008, the England batsman Marcus Trescothick announced that he was retiring from international cricket because of a long struggle with depression and anxiety. Trescothick’s decision shone new light on the pressure facing elite sportsmen and women. Simon Watts reports.

PHOTO: Marcus Trescothick in action (Getty Images)

The England cricketer who gave up his international career because of depression.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

The Man Who Ran Around Australia2019032120190322 (WS)
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In 1983, the ultra-runner Ron Grant became the first person to run around Australia. On a 13,383 kilometre jog that took seven months, Grant overcame injuries, crew mutinies and serious financial debt, before being greeted by huge crowds at the start/finish line in Brisbane. He talks to Ashley Byrne. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Ron Grant and fellow runners in 1983 (Victor Colin Sumner/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

In 1983, Ron Grant became the first person to run 13,383 kilometres of Australian coast.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Weightlifting In A Hijab2019030720190311 (WS)To mark International Women's Day, Ned Carter-Miles has the story of the Muslim-American weightlifter, Kulsoom Abdullah, who in 2011 made history by winning the right to compete in a hijab. It was the climax of a high-profile campaign against the weightlifting authorities, who had argued that judges would not be able to see if she was performing her lifts correctly. Kulsoom's victory has inspired a new generation of women weightlifters in the Muslim world. The programme is a Just Radio Production.

PHOTO: Kulsoom Abdullah in the gym (personal collection)

How Kulsoom Abdullah won the right to compete in weightlifting in Islamic dress.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history