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Weekend Edition 25 Jan 2014: Sports Mania!

25 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 25 January 2014

Tales of grit and sacrifice from pitches, diamonds, fields and rinks around the world in a special edition on sport.

Lucy Ash finds out what happened to the men who built Sochi's fancy new Winter Olympics arenas; Simon Wilson explores baseball as a metaphor for American life, while Lindsay Johns finds spectators at a Dominican Republic more focused on flirting than following the game; Ben Weisz cheers his heart out with some of Uruguay's most passionate football fanaticsm; Mike Wendling collides with American football's concussion problem; and Mary Harper meets the Somalis taking to the ice and playing bandy in Sweden.

Introduced by Pascale Harter.
Producer: Polly Hope.

Photo: Youngsters play baseball at the Olympic Centre in Santo Domingo, on March 23, 2013. The sport is taught on virtually every street corner in the Dominican Republic US major league organizations tap a huge pool of prospects in the country. ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images


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