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Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

    'A really cathartic experience' - Mary Cain on her return to running

    'A really cathartic experience' - Mary Cain on her return to running

    The former Nike Oregon Project athlete - Mary Cain - tells us she now feels "free" when she runs and how she has "discovered the love for it". Cain says her performances during the indoor season have added "fuel to the fire" as she seeks to improve and she believes the Olympics being postponed until 2021 could work in her favour. Cain describes her current coach - John Henwood - as an "amazing person, friend and confidant". Cain is now working with the Boston based company, Tracksmith, on a contract that sees her as a full time employee. She says that has helped ease her worries during the covid-19 pandemic as she's not left worrying about where her next paycheck will come from.

    Snooker player Mark King tells us if he wasn't able to attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings over Zoom he's "one thousand per cent" sure he would have had a bet during the covid-19 lockdown in the UK. He also tells us "95%" of tour players will be struggling financially as they haven't had any tournaments since March. King is due to play in the Championship League Snooker next week and says he couldn't contemplate getting a day job over the last few months as he has vulnerable family members and he didn't want to put them at risk.

    Cool Runnings comes to Peterborough - Shanwayne Stevens and Nimroy Turgott are two members of the Jamaican bobsleigh team and they're currently stuck in lockdown in Peterborough, in England. As they can't access training facilities they've had to come up with their own way of keeping fit ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Their methods have drawn comparisons to the movie Cool Runnings, which was about the 1998 Jamaican bobsleigh team. One of their training exercises sees the two men push a car around an industrial estate. Stephens says they've had some funny looks and even offers to help fix the car, until they explain what they're actually doing.

    This week's Sporting Witness tells the remarkable story of Tofiri Kibuuka, who was the only African competitor at the first ever Winter Paralympics. Following those games in 1976 he was forced to flee his native Uganda by the regime of Idi Amin. Tofiri then took up Norwegian nationality and became a six time medallist in athletics at the Summer Paralympics.

    And - in the week that Australia's NRL returned, we speak to Justin Holbrook, who is the coach of the Gold Coast Titans. Rugby League returned in Australia, with no crowds in the stadium and artificial crowd noise played on television coverage of the matches.

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    'National teams all over the world are standing up and uniting to make progress for themselves'

    'National teams all over the world are standing up and uniting to make progress for themselves'

    "I don't think it's going to stop the forward momentum" - Author and documentary maker Susie Petruccelli joins us to discuss the development of women's soccer in America after the US National Women's Team lost their equal pay lawsuit. The team are appealing the decision and Sarah Mulkerrins joins us to explain the background to the case. Former USWNT players Brandi Chastain and Sarah Hagen give us their thoughts on the fight for equal pay and we also speak to Lindsay Eanet. She recently became the first female public address announcer for a professional sports team in Chicago. She's employed by the NWSL side the Chicago Red Stars.

    "In France if you are a good jockey but a woman you are just a woman jockey. I don't want to be that, I want to be just a jockey like Frankie Dettori." Mickaelle Michel tells us how she's using television shows to teach herself Japanese, with the long-term aim of basing herself there. Over the winter Michel rode a record number of winners for a foreign jockey in Japan. She's back in her native France now and describes the "really strange" atmosphere she encountered racing behind closed doors as she won in Chantilly this week.

    #AbideWithMeNHS - This Saturday the 139th FA Cup Final should have taken place at Wembley. The game was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but that hasn't stopped some members of the 2015 FA Cup Fans Choir from coming together to record their own version of the famous pre-match anthem, Abide with Me, with the aim of raising money for charity. Stuart Green is a member of the choir and he tells us about the idea and why he will be singing on his doorstep at the time the game should have kicked-off.

    Staying with the FA Cup and this week's Sporting Witness recalls the "Matthews Final" of 1953, where the legendary Stanley Matthews led Blackpool to a 4-3 win over Bolton.

    And - we hear from American baseball player Jake Brigham, who is currently playing in the Korean Baseball Organisation for Kiwoom Heroes. It's one of the first leagues to return during the Covid-19 pandemic. Players are not allowed to shake hands, hug or spit on the ground.

    Photo credit: USA women celebrate winning the 2019 World Cup (Getty Images)

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    A coronavirus survivor, inspiration and friendship

    A coronavirus survivor, inspiration and friendship

    Story of survival - Ken Dwan is an Olympian who competed at the 1968 and 72 games. But one of his toughest battles was in the last few weeks as he fought coronavirus, he tells us all about what it was like, the doctor who saved him and his hopes for the future.

    We also hear from Olympic and World Cup Champion Brandi Chastain and former professional footballer and cancer survivor Sarah Hagen. The two have exchanged twitter messages after Sarah celebrated being 15 years cancer free. They have now become friends and also helped each others careers without even realising it.

    This weekend the Bundesliga is back! After two months Germany's top-flight will become the first major football league in Europe to return to competition. Commentator Kevin Hitchard and former professional goalkeeper and current football board member Lutz Pfannensteil have been keeping audio diaries of how they have been preparing this week. Plus we go live to Germany to hear more about the safety protocols put in place to fight COVID-19.

    Reverend Richard Cole joins us live to tell us how watching a new drama has inspired him to learn a new sport - Gaelic football.

    Picture: Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Spain defender Alvaro Odriozola and French defender Lucas Hernandez wear face masks as they arrive for a training session of the German first division Bundesliga football club FC Bayern Munich on May 13, 2020 (Getty Images)

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    Sporshour: Stories of hope

    Sporshour: Stories of hope

    This week on BBC Sportshour we bring you stories of hope.

    Australian swimmer and silver medalist Madeline Groves tells us she how the Olympics moving to 2021 has helped her after describing the pain she suffers as being 'stabbed in the uterus'. Luckily she has been able to have surgery to help and now is hopeful she will be able to compete in the Olympics next year.

    The Netflix documentary The Last Dance has been released early due to Coronavirus. It charts Michael Jordan's all-conquering Chicago Bulls basketball side and their hunt for a sixth NBA title in the 1997-98 season. It’s apparently overtaken Tiger King as the world's most in-demand documentary. With never seen before footage, It’s an all access series featuring everyone from Michael’s mum Deloris, to his superstar teammates like Scotty Pippin and Dennis Rodman. We caught up with Director Jason Hehir.

    The Campbell family from Scotland are already on their way to Tokyo, they set off before the Coronavirus took hold, intending to travel over land and due to arrive in time for the now postponed games, instead they only got as far as France .. where they’re now stuck! Mum of the family Harriett Campbell joins us.

    Author John Bacon was due to run the Boston marathon, instead he has ran a marathon around his hometown and seen faces of the people he loves.

    Photo: Madeline Groves competes to place second in the Women's 200m Butterfly Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Credit:ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

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    Karina Leblanc on coronavirus fears after childbirth

    Karina Leblanc on coronavirus fears after childbirth

    "I couldn't see my baby daughter for two weeks" - former Canada Karina Leblanc goalkeeper gave birth to her daughter last month. However, soon after her baby was born, Karina was rushed to hospital with breathing issues. Due to the possible risk of exposure to COVID 19 at the hospital - Karina then had to self quarantine from her baby and husband for two weeks. We speak to Karina about what happened, how hard it was being separated from her daughter Paris and how good it felt to hold her baby for the first time after isolation.

    "I feel like my purpose in life is competing at a very high level" - in 2018 Robert Wickens was paralysed following an IndyCar crash. Recently he's been competing in the INDYCAR IRacing Challenge, a competitive series that uses simulators. He tells us he sees it as a step towards racing in IndyCar again and how he was determined to and managed to stand at his wedding last September.

    Anxiety in the A League - play in Australia's A League was suspended in March due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Since play was halted the Professional Footballers Australia say that 58% of players they surveyed have reported symptoms of anxiety while 45% have demonstrated symptoms of depression. There are also rumours the competition's broadcast partner is looking to pull out of their deal. A possible return date of August 1st has now been suggested but with all the uncertainty in the air Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young will join us to discuss the impact the situation is having on players mental health.

    Extreme E and more opportunities for women in Motorsport - This week a new all-electric off-road race series was launched. When it starts in 2021 each team will field one male and one female driver, meaning men and women will race against each other. Swedish racing driver Mikaela Kottulinsky is one of the few people to have driven the new SUV as she's been working as a test driver for the tyre manufacturer. She'll join us to talk about the new series, what it could mean for women in motorsport and her own background in racing.

    A lack of PPE means I'm wearing a Scuba Mask - Snooker referee Olivier Marteel is working as an a and e nurse in his native Belgium. He's a radiologist by trade but has answered the call to help on the front line in the fight against coronavirus. He tells us about working in the hospital, a lack of Personal Protective Equipment, and how he's watching old snooker matches to unwind.

    The long shot that changed a homeless caddie's life - 59 year old Llewellyn Barnes has been been homeless for most of his life and has supported himself by working as a caddie on the golf courses of South Africa. He's also battled substance abuse but last month he made his debut as a player in a professional golf tournament. We'll hear from Llewellyn and also speak to BBC Sport Africa's Celestine Karoney about his remarkable life story.

    That's Isolation - Former Tottenham midfielder and current Charlton Assistant Manager Johnnie Jackson has been writing and performing songs to fund-raise for cancer charities during the coronavirus lockdown. He'll join us to talk about his idea and he'll perform "That's Isolation", which is a play on the Jam song "That's Entertainment".

    Sporting Witness - This week we tell the emotional story of how a young girl in Pakistan fought for the right to take part in one of the country’s most popular sports. Ashley Byrne has been talking to Maria Toorpakai Wazir about how she disguised her gender - and risked her life - in order to play professional squash.

    Photo credit: Karina Leblanc (Getty Images)

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    'This will probably not end pretty' - What unfolded at the NFL draft

    'This will probably not end pretty' - What unfolded at the NFL draft

    "It's almost deja vu - I had flashbacks" - Former Green Bay Packers executive Andrew Brandt joins us to give his reaction to the virtual NFL draft and his old side's shock selection of a new quarterback. Draft selection Jordan Love is being tipped to challenge established quarterback Aaron Rodgers long-term and Brandt who drafted Rodgers and had to manage a similar situation with him and Brett Favre predicts things won't end pretty.

    Cricket in the South Pacific Islands - On Saturday the season resumes on Vanuatu, with the Women's club super league finals day. Vanuatu has NO cases of coronavirus but they were struck earlier this month by cyclone Harold, one of the strongest ever recorded in the region. We'll speak live to Shane Deitz who is the head of cricket there.

    Every time I step out the door I'm "fearful" - UFC fighter Trevin Giles is also a police officer in Houston. He tells us how his day job has changed during the COVID 19 pandemic and of his fears about catching the virus and potentially spreading it to his wife, who is a nurse, and their small child.

    The Isolation diaries - Five weeks after we first spoke to former New Zealand netballer Catherine Tuivaiti, we'll check back in to see how life under lock down in Italy is going. This time we'll also be joined by her husband Jimmy, who plays for Italy's national rugby union team and their baby son Bash.

    The Big Pink Dress - The London Marathon was due to take place this weekend and its postponement was a huge blow for charities, who raise millions of pounds in sponsorship from runners taking part. Colin Plews AKA the Big Pink Dress is still running the marathon distance but on a treadmill in his back garden. Colin runs marathons in elaborate dresses that can weigh up to forty pounds and he'll join us to tell us why he runs in a dress, the inspiration for his costumes and the good causes he's ran on behalf of.

    Sporting Witness - This week we go back to 1972 when Mary Peters won pentathlon gold at the Munich Olympics. It was a victory that made her a national hero back home in Northern Ireland across the sectarian divide.

    The Foodie Footballer - Marc Pugh played in the Premier League for Bournemouth and when his wife had their second child he developed an interest in cooking and nutrition. The now Queens Park Rangers player goes by the moniker "the foodie footballer" on Instagram and he'll join us to discuss how to eat healthily during lock down and he'll cook us a dish live on air.

    Photo: Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a play against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship game (Credit: Getty images)

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