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, a co-production with Foreign Policy, is hosted by Olympic medalist and trailblazer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who takes you around the globe to meet athletes fighting for change.
“I never felt more like myself”: A professional basketball player’s hijab journey
As a college basketball player, Batouly Camara made three Final Four appearances with the University of Connecticut. She’s the daughter of immigrants, a children’s book author and she’s founded her own nonprofit to help women and girls get access to sports and education. And if that’s not enough, she’s also one of the first Muslim women to play professional basketball in hijab.
World Cup 2022: Can mega-event activism actually lead to lasting change?
Mega-sized sporting events — including the 2022 Qatar World Cup — often bring with them a spotlight and intense international scrutiny of whatever problems plague the host nation. But what happens when the circus leaves town and the spotlight goes dark? Can mega-event activism actually lead to lasting change?
Cricketers lead the way for India and Pakistan
In the 1980s and 1990s, “cricket diplomacy” was seen as a way to mend fences between neighboring India and Pakistan. But as relations between the two countries worsen, their long-standing cricket rivalry is changing. And now, after an unexpected showing at the 2021 Cricket World Cup, some fans are hoping the Pakistan team can help bring their country back to the international stage.
Olympic judoka fights for women in Afghanistan
Friba Rezayee was the first woman to compete for Afghanistan in the Olympics. Since then, she’s worked tirelessly to support Afghan women in sports and education. 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 of gender equality in Afghanistan?