There is a long history of sports leading the way on a number of different social issues. For decades, our sporting heroes have been torn down, vilified, and ostracised for standing up for what they believe in and fighting for issues that go beyond the sports arena. While some people were supportive when Gary Linker spoke out about the government’s asylum policy in 2023, others were quick to roll out the old trope that sport and politics don’t mix. But sport and politics do mix. So the conversation about sport and social justice is an important one.
In this episode of EightyPercentMental, Dr Pete Olusoga talks with Amna Abudllatif and Shaista Aziz, two-thirds of the award winning Three Hijabis who launched a petition last year in the wake of the Euro finals to ban racists from football. Also joining the conversation about the importance and the power of sport in social change is Lecturer and researcher in Exercise Physiology and Strength and Conditioning, Dr John Fernandes, who is well known for his anti-discrimination work in academia and sport.
- Amna Abdullatif on Twitter: @AmnaAbdul1983
- Shaista Aziz on Twitter: @shaistaAziz
- The Three Hijabis on Twitter: @THijabis
- The Three Hijabis website: www.threehijabis.com
- Dr John Fernandes on twitter: @DrJFTFernandes