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Sports

A poster of the Netflix film 'Rising Phoenix'.

Despite all odds

In the spirit of the Games, I watched the Netflix film Rising Phoenix which documents the history of the Paralympics and its impact on the world in making visible the topic of disability. It also tracks the personal and professional journey of some of the top Paralympic athletes who share their challenges, frustrations and motivations.
photo of activist Dr. Payoshini Mitra. She wears glasses and long hair, and is wearing a black sweater with an orange-and-black patterned scarf

INTERVIEW: DR. PAYOSHNI MITRA

Dr. Payoshni Mitra, a researcher, activist and writer working on gender issues in sport in India with special emphasis on intersexuality and sport. Currently she has been nominated the Mediator by SAI in the case of Dutee Chand, an athlete who has been unceremoniously dropped from the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games for hyperandrogenism. TARSHI: Could…
A photo of Renee Richards, the first transsexual woman to play in competitive sport after transitioning. She is wearing a white uniform and cap and is holding up a tennis racket.
'The first transsexual person to play in competitive sport after transitioning was Renée Richards.' Photograph: Dave Pickoff/AP

Sport is slowly catching up with transgender realities

"The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione," stated the mixed martial arts governing body, which recently suspended Mitrione after he called male-to-female transsexual fighter Fallon Fox "a lying, sick, sociopathic disgusting freak" in an online broadcast. Fox had sex reassignment surgery (SRS) in 2006, before beginning her professional MMA career in 2012. She won her second…
Picture of a girl playing football. She's wearing an orange jersey with purple sleeves and blue shorts. Her hair is tied back in a ponytail.

The Goal Program – Naz Foundation

Bare feet, dry brown hair, shabby clothes, a girl not older than 12 years stared out from her terrace at a few other girls playing Netball on the ground below. This was a daily happening. The group playing together, the silent observer alone. Until one day, after about a month, the silent one approached me…
Poster for the film 'Bend It Like Beckham' showing a girl standing with her back facing the camera. She's wearing a cvolourful magenta and green sari and is holding sports shoes in her hands.

Reel review: Bend it like Beckham

‘All I have to say is sporty spice is the only one without a bloke’  is the warning given by Kiera Knightley’s mother in Gurinder Chadda’s Bend it Like Beckham. The film was released in 2002, and launched the now famous career of Oscar winner Kiera Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Myers. Parminder Nagra plays the protagonist…
Photo of a woman who has long hair and is smiling into the camera. She is wearing a blue top.

Sports and Sexuality

When I first read the title of the September issue – Sports and Sexuality – I was a little taken aback: what could I write about? My first thoughts were how are sports and sexuality related? And to further the confusion, how would I, a 16 year old find anything interesting to write about? To…
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