Sport on the frontline in the battle against climate change
We saw leaders from around the world meet at the Cop 26 summit in Glasgow, as urgent collective action is needed to bring climate change under control.
The world is warming because of emissions from fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas. We are experiencing extreme weather events linked to climate change - including heatwaves, floods and forest fires - which are intensifying. The past decade was the warmest on record.
It's becoming increasingly apparent that the climate crisis touches everything including sport and that time is running out.
We hear from the US Nordic skier Annika Landis, New Zealand international footballer Katie Rood and the former France Rugby international Julien Pierre.
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30 years of the Women's World Cup
30 years ago on November 16th 1991, the inaugural Women’s World Cup was staged in China. At the time, it was called the The Fifa Women’s World Championship For The M&Ms Cup. The tournament was contested by 12 teams who played 80 minute matches, and was won by the USA, who beat Norway at Guangzhou’s Tianhe Stadium in front of 65,000 people.
We take you back to reflect on the impact the tournament had on women's football around the world with the Golden Ball winner Carin Jennings (now Carin Gabarra,) as we find out what it took for the USA team to lift the trophy- from gruelling flights, a punishing playing schedule to a thanksgiving meal with Pele.
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From Segregation to Integration
On November 10th, 1991, South Africa were welcomed back into international cricket after a twenty-one year apartheid boycott.
The one-day international series against India came four months after readmittance to the world game, and just five since the formation of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, which bought rival white and black cricket authorities together.
Many believed the 1992 World Cup would be too soon for South Africa's return, but when Pakistan pulled out of a visit to India, that the door opened for South Africa to step in, and they were given just a week to get there.
The side were given a hero's welcome on arrival in Calcutta and 100,000 supporters turned up for the opening match at Eden Gardens. An emotional South African captain Clive Rice said, "I know how Neil Armstrong felt when he stood on the moon”. It was that kind of day. It was that kind of tour, relieved here by the BBC's Mo Allie and those involved.
Photo: South African captain Clive Rice shakes hands with India captain Mohammad Azharuddin at the coin toss before the 1st ODI between India and South Africa at Eden Gardens. (Credit: Allsport/Getty Images)
Sport's Next Frontier: Assessing Mental Health
During the Tokyo Olympics, many athletes have made public their problems with their mental health, whether it be during the games like US Gymnast Simone Biles or before the games like Dutch Cyclist Tom Dumoulin. Delyth Lloyd presents a Sportsworld special on sport's relationship with mental health. She is joined by Team Bath Coach Anna Stembridge, former kickboxing world champion Caradh O'Donovan and former cricketer, now sports psychologist Jeremy Snape to cover three topic areas: athlete welfare, to coaching and the role of the governing bodies.
The Baby-Faced Assassin: From Molde to Manchester
On this special Sportsworld podcast, Maz Farookhi is joined by BBC Sport's Simon Stone and football journalist and editor of the United We Stand fanzine Andy Mitten to reflect on the career of a player and now a manager whose life will always be intrinsically linked with Manchester United, nearly 25 years to the day since he first arrived at Old Trafford. We look back at his early career at Old Trafford, including hearing at length from his former United teammate Raimond van der Gouw who was unveiled as a United player on the same day as Solskjær, and discuss how his winning goal in the 1999 Champions League Final defined his United career. Norwegian football journalist Jonas Giæver tells us how Solskjær is viewed in his homeland, and the panel discuss his journey back to Old Trafford as manager.
(Image: Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates at the end of the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou on May 26, 1999 in Barcelona, Spain. (Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images/Hulton Archive)