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On The Long Game, we highlight stories of courage and conviction on and off the field. From athletes who are breaking barriers for women and girls to a Syrian refugee swimmer who overcame the odds to compete at the Paralympics, The Long Game examines the power of sport to change the world for the better. The Long Game is hosted by Olympic medalist and change agent Ibtihaj Muhammad as she guides the series around the globe to meet athletes who are fighting for change.
 
 

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The Long Game Foreign Policy and Doha Debates

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On The Long Game, we highlight stories of courage and conviction on and off the field. From athletes who are breaking barriers for women and girls to a Syrian refugee swimmer who overcame the odds to compete at the Paralympics, The Long Game examines the power of sport to change the world for the better. The Long Game is hosted by Olympic medalist and change agent Ibtihaj Muhammad as she guides the series around the globe to meet athletes who are fighting for change.
 
 

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    World Cup 2022: Can Mega-Event Activism Actually Lead to Lasting Change?

    World Cup 2022: Can Mega-Event Activism Actually Lead to Lasting Change?

    There’s an upside to hosting a mega-sized sporting event. Governments plan new roads and train stations and airports. Corporate sponsors and foreign investors pile on. And when you build it, people come. Different people, new people, who may not have visited before. Often, these mega-sized sporting events also bring with them a spotlight on whatever problems plague the host nation. For the 2022 Qatar World Cup, that spotlight has led to increased international scrutiny of the treatment of migrant workers. But how effective is this mega-event activism? And what happens when the circus leaves town and the spotlight goes dark? Reporter Ken Shulman looks at three case studies -- South Africa, Brazil and, of course, Qatar, to learn more. 
    Because this episode touches on labor issues in Qatar, a disclosure: Doha Debates is a production of Qatar Foundation, which is a state-led non-profit organization in Qatar.


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    Cricketers Lead the Way for India and Pakistan

    Cricketers Lead the Way for India and Pakistan

    The rivalry between the cricket teams of India and Pakistan is a little like if a billion people tuned into a Red Sox - Yankees game. Add in nationalistic fervor on both sides, and things can get tense. When Pakistan beat India in 1978, the Pakistani captain declared it a victory for all Muslims against Hindus. But until recently, Pakistan had never beaten India in a World Cup match. That changed when the Pakistani team made an unexpected run all the way to the 2021 T20 World Cup semi-final. And as Pakistani fans watched social media videos of their team visiting the Namibian dressing room and sharing a birthday cake with members of the Scotland team, some started asking, “Is this the future of cricket diplomacy?”
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    Olympic Judoka Fights for Women in Afghanistan

    Olympic Judoka Fights for Women in Afghanistan

    Growing up in Afghanistan, Friba Rezayee didn’t always do as she was told. She didn’t enjoy the games the girls were supposed to play. So she played outside with the boys, even though it wasn’t allowed. As a teenager, Friba was introduced to the sport of judo, and she immediately knew that this would be how she would fight for her freedom. Friba qualified for the Olympics in 2004 and became the first woman to compete for Afghanistan at the Olympic Games. More recently, she founded the Women Leaders of Tomorrow, a non-profit dedicated to bringing sports and education to women and girls in Afghanistan. Her mission is to help create her country’s future leaders. But now that the Taliban is back in power, what’s to become of Friba’s dream?
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    Trailer: The Long Game

    Trailer: The Long Game

    On The Long Game, we highlight stories of courage and conviction on and off the field. From athletes who are breaking barriers for women and girls to a Syrian refugee swimmer who overcame the odds to compete at the Paralympics, The Long Game examines the power of sport to change the world for the better. The Long Game is hosted by Olympic medalist and change agent Ibtihaj Muhammad as she guides the series around the globe to meet athletes who are fighting for change.
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

MagicalSoul ,

A different side to athletes

Interesting format, more story than a traditional interview. Excited to see what athletes are featured next!

Sven Jollea ,

Great coverage but please represent your heritage

Amazing storytelling however please stop anglicizing South Asian names - I’m sure no one would say “PACKistan” in Karachi but its not a good reason to assume the opposite. Keep the pronunciation Pak please (same goes for all the cast and team names) and keep the good coverage coming.

Zazzy podcasts ,

Great story

Amazing storytelling. Just hard-hitting, meaningful stories

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