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Will Gay Athletes and Visitors be Welcome at the Winter Olympics?

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 03 August 2013

The BBC’s Daniel Stanford explains the latest situation. We speak to Blake Skellerup, an openly gay New Zealand speed skater - a medal favourite in Sochi - and Patrick Burke founder of You Can Play, a campaign group for the eradication of homophobia in sport.

Old Trafford Double
On the weekend of the Ashes test at Old Trafford we speak to the only man to have played professional cricket for Lancashire and professional football for Manchester United. Freddie Goodwin tells us about his double life, how being out of form saved him from the horror of the Munich air disaster and how Sir Matt Busby eventually made him chose between the two sports.

Use your imagination first in a series called Imagine If - this week we imagine India without cricket. What would bind a country of a billion people with a rich tapestry of faiths and cultures without the bat and ball?

Learning Russian with Bolt
The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, has to learn some Russian phrases ahead of the World Championship in Moscow next week. Russian tutor Vlada Koroleva-McAree taught the the staff at Chelsea when Roman Abramovich bought the club. She will be putting Mani and Shelagh through their paces.

(Image: Protesters demonstrate against Russian anti-gay legislation in front of the Russian Consulate, New York. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)


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