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Episode 1

Duration:
25 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 03 January 2012

The close links between sport and national identity are all too evident in many countries today.

Democrats and demagogues alike have at times used sport to plunder and unite their people.

In Sporting Chances, Farayi Mungazi explores the power of basketball to create a national identity in newly independent South Sudan, as well as give its people a sense of dignity and pride.

(Image: Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9), of Sudan. Credit: Associated Press)

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  • Sudan NBA basketball giant Manute Bol dies

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  • Basketball star Luol Deng becomes British Olympic hopeful

    Basketball star Luol Deng becomes British Olympic hopeful

    One of the world's best basketball players could become one of Britain's biggest stars at the London Olympics. Luol Deng grew up in south London but currently lives in the US where he plays for the Chicago Bulls

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    Basketball star Deng heads home

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    Basketball homepage

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