Sports

Whatever Australia’s reason to deny a visa to the President of the Palestinian Football Association, it is not a good look for Australia or its attempts to woo the world’s major sports events, including football. Khaled Ghannam reports.  

book cover with background of First Nations protest

AFL legend Nicky Winmar, in collaboration with St Kilda supporter Mathew Hardy, author of the 2004 memoir Saturday Afternoon Fever, describes the racism that Indigenous and other non-white people face both on and off the field in his autobiography My story: From bush kid to AFL legend. Alex Salmon reviews.

Hundreds protested outside Labor MP Ged Kearney’s office to demand she speaks up against Israel's genocide in Gaza and calls for a ceasefire. Jacob Andrewartha reports.

Usman Khawaja for Palestine

Cricketer Usman Khawaja challenging the banning of wearing messages supporting Palestine is the latest example of athletes countering the idea that 'sports and politics don't mix'. Alex Salmon reports. 

Chile coup 50 years on, the fight to save koalas & Canada’s deadly wildfires

Green Left journalist’s Isaac Nellist and Chloe DS go through the latest news from across the continent and around the world.

CFMEU housing plan, Women’s World Cup & Russian anti-war socialist arrested

Green Left journalists Isaac Nellist and Chloe DS go through the latest news from across the continent and around the world.

Matildas v Ireland 2023 WWC cr Leo Earle

With the hopes of a nation delicately balanced, the Matildas took on the Republic of Ireland, in front of a record crowd of 75,784, in their opening game of the Women’s World Cup. Leo Earle takes a look behind the tournament.

Peoples History of Tennis

Writer, journalist, filmmaker and tennis enthusiast David Berry reveals tennis’ secret radical history, writes Alex Salmon.

Alex Salmon reviews Danielle Laidley’s 2022 memoir, Don’t Look Away, which tells the story of her life — from growing up in Perth’s northern suburbs, through to her professional football career and gender transition.

Soccer stadium

The kicking of the first ball in Qatar will induce a collective sporting amnesia for which the Socceroos will be complicit, argues Binoy Kampmark.

Those claiming that “activist” athletes are “mixing sports with politics” support a different type of politics. Alex Salmon argues we need to support  brave players demanding their club not be used to enhance the reputation of corporations.

Andrea Gibbs, AFL Umpire Dean Margetts, former West Coast Eagles player Rowen Powell, Youth Olympics

Perth's Black Swan Theatre Company has raised the profile of sport-related concussion in a new play, Barracking for the Umpire and by organising a public forum on the subject. Barry Healy reports.