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Leading Ladies

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 12 October 2013

With no women speaking at the Leaders in Football Conference, we talk about whether there should have been a place for a woman speaker. Mani Djazmi went to the conference and spoke to James Worrall who organises the conference about the lack of representation. Ebru Koksal of Galatasaray will tell us her opinions as one of the rare female leaders in the world of football.

Asylum in Sheffield
Twelve months ago five boxers from Cameroon, competing at the 2012 Olympics, left the athletes village and never returned. One of them, Serge Abomo has now been granted asylum to remain in the UK and is living in Sheffield. Abomo is training at a local gym and hopes to turn from amateur to professional. Sportshour visits the gym for his story.

The Last Physical Barrier
On 12 October 1925, Albert Michelsen became the first man to run the marathon in under two and a half hours. Since then we have seen 29 new world records, most recently that of Wilson Kipsang in Berlin. We ask two leading sports physiologists, Dr Michael Joyner and Dr Yannis Pitsiladis, whether the two-hour marathon can be physically achieved, what it takes to break a world record in the marathon, and when we might expect to see this legendary record broken.

How to Deal with Retirement
This week, at the age of 40, Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement. We speak to sports psychologist Dr Victor Thompson about how sportsmen can deal with this rite of passage and why some sportsmen struggle to say goodbye to their day job.

Smoking Guns
After Jack Wilshere was put on the naughty step by Arsene Wenger for being spotted smoking, we have a look at how our tastes have changed - and we expect athletes to be a model of clean living. Wenger himself admitted that the team bus when he was a player was clouded with cigarette smoke. Dr John Moore-Gillon, lung specialist and honorary medical adviser to the British Lung Association explains how this change has come about and why its a big deal when we see other public figures having a puff on a cigarette.

Seats of Power
In the week of Buckingham Palace's first official football match, and the coining of the famous name 'The White House' - we look at sports relationship with the American seat of power and the various inhabitants of The Oval Office. Gerald Gems, an American sports historian explains this relationship and why it is often more important to the president than the visiting athletes.

From Our Own Sports Correspondent
Oliver Williams reports from the World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp as he searches for an interview the elusive Japanese superstar Kohei Uchimura

What's in a Nickname
If you are a female, weigh under 57kg, even if you are a judoka, you don't really look like you would be nicknamed 'The Beast' - that is one of the monikers given to Kaori Matsumoto. We talk to linguistics professor Robert Kennedy about how and why we use nicknames for our athletes and teams.


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