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Bombardier (right), the reigning champion and ‘King of the Arenas’, prepares to defend his crown against the popular young challenger Modou Lô. Mark Hann/ Global Sport

Senegalese wrestle with ethnicity while reaching for dreams of success

Wrestling is Senegal’s national sport. But the presence of an ethnic discourse within the sporting arena may well threaten the notion of the multi-ethnic nation state.
Understanding what makes a great leader depends upon the measure of success, which in commercial sport is brutally unambiguous. AAP/Julian Smith

What are the attributes needed to be a successful sporting leader?

The goal of identifying leadership attributes that translate into team success remains as elusive in sport as it does in other spheres of human endeavour.
Serena Williams has just surpassed Roger Federer’s record for matches won at Grand Slam tournaments. Reuters/USA Today Sports

Just how great a tennis player is Serena Williams?

Many commentators believe that Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all time – but that should be judged not just on Grand Slam wins.
Susan Alberti (left) and Debbie Lee were pivotal to the formation of the national women’s AFL competition. Melbourne Football Club

Change Agents: Susan Alberti and Debbie Lee on establishing a national women’s football league

Change Agents: Establishing a national women’s football league. The Conversation, CC BY-NC-SA45.9 MB (download)
Andrew Dodd talks to Susan Alberti and Debbie Lee about their fight to overcome prejudice and establish a national women's AFL competition.
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(Real) football: the reds buy the Reds?

Football isn’t what it used to be. In Australia, they don’t even know what football is actually called (it’s not soccer). But what’s even stranger is football has become very popular in countries that…
Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand stops running during the 5000m race to help Abbey D'Agostino of the USA after D'Agostino suffered a cramp. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Secular transcendence for couch potatoes? Why we love sport’s narratives

Although the Olympics have come to an end, fans will continue to be gripped by the infinite micro-narratives that sports fixtures provide. But are these narratives comparable to literary creativity?
It may not be comfortable or easy to do but racist abuse needs to be challenged in sport and our society. Ben Macmahon/AAP

Eddie Betts and racism in sport: it’s not enough to just not join in

Sport can be a driver for change; it can make a difference in people’s lives and unify communities, particularly around national successes. But it can also create tensions and cause conflict.

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