The Power and Price of Protest
Kaepernicks’ silence during the national anthem spoke volumes — and so did his time on the bench. How do sportspeople engage with power and protest? When taking a stand (or a knee) what do our sporting idols risk and what remains after they've done so? In this panel, we explore the myriad possibilities and complexities of protest within sport.
Heptathlete, Olympian, Gold Medalist, British and Commonwealth record holder, two time runner up for sport personality of the year and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA), who better to take part in our panel ‘Sport – The Power and Price of Protest’ than Denise Lewis OBE?
Louis Saha is a former professional footballer who played as a striker for Newcastle United, Fulham, Manchester United, Everton, Spurs and Lazio. He also represented France, playing in both UEFA Euro 2004 and the FIFA World Cup in 2006. At Manchester United he won the Premier League twice, the UEFA Champions League and the League Cup.
Since hanging up his boots, Louis has moved into the world of business where he has used his experience to support athletes and other people in the public eye, in their careers.
Ositadimma “Osi” Umenyiora – New York Giant, NFL don – still holds the record for the most sacks in one game. Now a sports pundit for the BBC, catch him on The NFL Show, at Indaba X and as the Royal Television Society’s Best Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit of 2019. He is sure to bring his own particular brand of knowledge and hype to our sports panel.
Ramla Ali is a Somali war refugee who, until last year, hid her entire boxing career from her family. She is a two time UK national champion, multiple International gold medallist and the African Zonal Champion. In 2018, alongside her husband and trainer Richard Moore, Ali helped create the Somali Boxing Federation from the UK with the intention of representing Somalia at world level and competing in the World Boxing Championship among others. As a young, Muslim woman involved with boxing, Ali strongly believes that it is her responsibility to educate her community on the importance of women participating in sport and hopes to be the role model for young Black women in Africa that she never had.