(Anti)Racism in Sports // Sporda Irkçılık ve Karşıtlığı

Sport and Politics of Race and Identity- Global South Perspective

The seventh of the (Anti)Racism in Sports online series continues by bringing together two experts in sports and sports policy from Qatar. They will shed light on the problem of racism and struggles against it in sports from a global south perspective. You can watch the live streaming here or register to join in the Zoom meeting below. Mahfoud Amara Mahfoud Amara joined Qatar University in the fall of 2015. He is currently, Associate Professor in Sport Policy and Management, the Director of Sport Science Program at the College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University. Before joining Qatar University, he was Assistant Professor in Sport Policy and Management and Deputy Director of the Centre for Olympic Studies and Research in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University. Amara published a number of papers and chapters on sport business, culture, and politics in Arab and Muslim contexts. He undertook research for a range national of international bodies. Invited speaker to a number of national and international conferences, workshops and symposia for his work on sport in the Middle East and North African region and sport and multiculturalism debates in Europe.  He is co-editor with Alberto Testa of a book on “Sport in Islam and in Muslim Communities” (Routledge, 2015) and John Nauright “Sport in the African World” (Routledge, 2018). More recently he edited The Olympic Movement and the Middle East and North Africa Region (Routledge, 2019) Gerard Akindes  Dr. Gerard Akindes combines a wealth of experience in sports as athlete and coach, a former manager of a sportswear company, a scholar and a researcher. As athlete, he captained the Benin basketball national team and played professional basket-ball. He coached the Belgian youth, women and men in Belgium. Dr. Akindes earned a Masters in Sports Administration and PH.D. in Sports Media Studies at Ohio University where he taught Sport Management in the College of Business. His research focuses on international sport management, the economy of sports, television broadcasting, and athlete migration.  He has co-edited a book titled “Identity and Nation in African Football: Fans, Communities and Clubs” published several journal articles and made numerous presentations at learned conferences. He has also co-created an annual conference on sports in Africa (the 14th was held in Senegal in July 2019). At the Josoor Institute, a legacy program of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, he was senior research manager. Dr. Akindes currently adjunct faculty at the University of Salford, Manchester. He is an independent researcher and sport management consultant for sport governing bodies, and mentors the National Paralympic Committee of the Central African Republic for the as one of the International Paralympic committee (IPC).


Race and Gender in Sport: Past and Present

Can Evren is a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University and works on sport, culture, politics, globalization, and nationalism. Sarah Murray has spent her career making the world a more just and equitable place, using sport and play as her unlikely tool of choice. In reality, sport is often the last frontier of unapologetic misogyny and racism. In her work, she has proven that if you can achieve inclusion and advancement in these environments, you can transform communities and societies more broadly. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in over 65 countries on strategies that leverage the power of play for social justice. Sarah is currently the Executive Director at Women’s Wilderness, a nonprofit organization based in Boulder, Colorado aiming to transform outdoor culture so it’s a place where girls,’ women and non-gender conforming people can build their confidence, courage and connectedness in the same way that men with dominant identities have always done. She was previously the Executive Director of Women Win Foundation USA, a global NGO dedicated to equipping adolescent girls to achieve their rights using sport and play based strategies. In this role, she spent 10 years supporting the work of grassroots practitioners and activists from Bolivia to Bangladesh and impacting the lives of over 3 million girls. Sarah spent a decade with the Women’s Sports Foundation, working on issues of health, access and equity from a U.S. perspective. She is a Master trainer with the THNK School of Innovation and provides cross-sector consultancy to influential organizations globally to employ systems thinking, human-centered design, gender analysis and play-based methodologies to address the most pressing social issues of our time. In these capacities, she led projects across sectors with Nike, FIFA, Gap, Vital Voices, the U.S. Department of State and DFID. A mountain woman at heart, Sarah spends her free time riding, sliding and running on trails and enjoying the outdoors with her wife, Signe and their baby girl, Tallulah.


One Race, The Human Race: From F1 To Football

This week (Anti)Racism in Sports series hosts Mr. Ken Mc Cue and Ezgi Çakmak. This week’s topics will include how a volunteer-driven Social Enterprise using the medium of sport could have such a powerful impact on the social inclusion of migrants from diverse ethnic backgrounds in a society suffering from xenophobia; how important it is to have intercultural competence and human rights components in teacher training; why it is essential to have anti-discrimination modules in primary school education curricula; and how the UNESCO policy on Race can be communicated in societies that use multiple race descriptors. Ken Mc Cue is a cultural planner with Sport Against Racism Ireland and Visiting Lecturer on FIFA Master, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. My research area is the Social Responsibility of Sport and how the Medium of Sport can be used for cultural integration and Social Inclusion in a Human Rights Framework. Ezgi Cakmak is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, in the departments of Africana Studies and History. She received her BA from Bogazici University, Sociology Department. Before the doctoral studies, she worked with NGOs in the field of international migration and conducted fieldwork with African migrants in Istanbul. Her research interests include the African slavery in the late Ottoman empire, identity formation and racialization processes in early Turkish Republic as well as diaspora studies.


Racialized Bodies and Postcolonial Legacies in the Sports Industry

Michael Ralph has written extensively on football and basketball in postcolonial Senegal. In this episode, we will talk about the racialization of African bodies in sports. This discussion will explore racism in sports in relation to the historical legacies of transatlantic slave trade and colonialism, as well as the geopolitics of the “war on terror”.

 Dr. Michael Ralph and Ezgi Güner


Irkçılığı sahalarda yaşamak: Amedspor deneyimi

8 Ekim 2020

Bu hafta, Türkçe yapılacak canlı sohbetimizde ırkçılığın sahaya nasıl yansıdığını Amedspor örneği üzerinden konuşacağız. Türkiye’de futbolda ırkçılık konusunda en çok gündeme gelen takım olan Amedspor futbol takımının deneyimlerini yöneticiler ve taraftarlarla konuşacağız.

Spora taşınan kutuplaşma eğilimlerin içinde diyalogun eksikliğine dikkat çekmeyi ve bu eksikliğin giderilmesine katkıda bulunmayı amaçlayan bu seride tüm dünyadan ve her kıtadan konuşmacılar kendi yerel ve küresel deneyimlerini paylaşacak. Aralık ayına kadar devam edecek sohbetlerimizde ırkçılığın doğrudan fiziksel saldırıya dönüşen sert biçimlerinden, takımın varlığını görmezden gelme şeklinde gerçekleşen daha yapısal biçimlerine değinilecek, bu platformda bir arada, dayanışma ve diyalog içinde konuşmaya, herkesin oyun oynama hakkının altını çizmeye devam edeceğiz.  

Uzun yıllar boyunca Açık Radyo, Cumhuriyet, Radikal gibi gazetelere spor eleştirmeni, şimdi ise Batı Alman Radyosu’nun Türkçe yayını Köln Radyosu ve Deutsche Welle Türkçe için serbest olarak muhabirlik yapan Volkan Ağır’ın moderatörlüğünde yapılacak canlı sohbetin konukları şöyle:

  • Amedspor futbol takımının eski sözcüsü ve yöneticilerinden Avukat Haldi Soran Mızrak
  • Amedspor Direniş Taraftar Derneği Başkanı Ramazan Tugay
  • Mor Barikat taraftar grubundan Turna Arabacı
  • Mor Barikat taraftar grubundan Kader Türkyılmaz



On 1st October 2020 at 4:00 pm (Istanbul time)

General Secretary of CONIFA Jason Heaton and Asia President for CONIFA Motoko Jitsukawa


CONIFA, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations, is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA. It’s a global acting non-profit organization that supports representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories.

The Amazing Story of the Rohingya Football Team:  A Light of Hope in the Midst of Genocide 

24 Eylül – September 24, 2020

Konuşmacılar/Speakers: Saifullah Muhammad and Dr. Nora Didkowsky


4:00 p.m. UTC+3 (Istanbul Time)

Saifullah Muhammad 

Saifullah Muhammad is a Rohingya youth human rights activist in Canada. He is a Journalism graduate and currently a Master’s student in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo. He is a co-founder of the ‘Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative’ a leading Rohingya organization that works with the government of Canada and civil society groups to bring an end of the Rohingya genocide and to promote innovative education for the Rohingya and community development. Muhammad currently works as an assistant researcher in collaboration with the UNHCR Canada and St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia on the social behavior of Rohingya refugee children in India and Bangladesh.

Muhammad was born in Burma (Myanmar) and brought up in refugee camps in Bangladesh. His parent still lives in the same refugee camp. Muhammad witnessed first-hand devastating outcomes of the Rohingya crisis. He studied in Bangladesh and received a scholarship from the Nottingham University in Malaysia through the UNHCR scholarship program.  He worked as a reporter for various news agencies such as the Kaladan Press Network, Rohingya Vision, Reuters, AFP, New York Times and different local media in Malaysia to highlight the Rohingya crisis.

Muhammad regularly attends and speaks at international conferences organized by UNICEF, United Nations, civil society groups and governments. He testified before the Human Rights Committee at the House of Commons on the Rohingya crisis. He often appears on Canadian televisions, newspapers and writes Op-Eds and articles. Muhammad has recently awarded the most dedicated journalist by Waterloo Region Record.

Nora Didkowsky, PhD

Rotary Peace Fellow 2020 Dr. Didkowsky is a researcher, development practitioner, and leadership facilitator in the fields of child and youth development, socio-ecological resilience, and participatory community development. For the past 20 years, she has had the privilege of partnering with multi-sectoral teams, communities, and populations made vulnerable, to understand and foster environments that enable peace and resilience. She uses participative, visually-based methods to understand youths’ experiences of trauma, risk and resilience, and how they make meaning from these experiences. Most recently she has collaborated with humanitarian practitioners, refugee partners, developmental scientists, and families living in refugee settlements, toward tailoring culturally-responsive play-based supports that enhance the positive development of refugee children and youth. She is passionate about research and community development that values local knowledge; prioritizes community participation and ownership in planning, design, and delivery; uses place-based assets to address problems; takes a proactive approach to community change; creates multilevel, collaborative governance structures; and advances cooperation and understanding locally and globally.


Most people believe sports to be an apolitical field free from deep societal problems such as racism. They praise sports hierarchies, access and success criteria for being meritocratic and color blind. However, people of color, who are discriminated against based on their race and ethnicity, know that such a position is a privileged one and that most sports practitioners do not have the luxury to subscribe. In reality, racism is unfortunately prevalent in sports as much as it is in other spheres of life. It leads to concentration of power in the hands of white team owners, to attacks on Kurdish football team Amedspor members and to layoffs of dissident black voices like Colin Kaepernick. Aiming to expose and potentially dissolve that problem BoMoVu has been organizing anti-racism teach-ins, teacher trainings, online conversations and pedagogical tools. With this online conversation series (Anti)Racism in Sports, BoMoVu together with Oseminars organizes weekly sessions each bringing together two interlocutors from a specific locality and/or bodily practice to discuss the problem of racism in their contexts. By that, the sessions aim at contributing to the international dialogue on the topic and trigger self-reflection by learning about different guises racism takes in sports.


We invite all sports persons, former sports persons, professionals, technicians, supporters, as well as academics in the fields of sports sociology, critical race theory, decolonial studies, and activists who struggle against all forms of racism. Join us to analyze and speak up against this systemic problem of racism in sports. We are looking forward to hearing your voice. To become a speaker in this series, please fill out this short form: https://forms.gle/mj8UYtNAbQDscZGYA

The online conversations will take place every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Istanbul time (UTC+3) from 24 September to 10 December 2020.

This 12-weeks online conversation sessions are approximately 1 hour long each and held on Zoom. The Zoom meetings are simultaneously live-streamed on Youtube and recorded. Participants are able to join via Zoom or use Youtube chatboard for their questions and comments.

To keep updated about upcoming online conversations subscribe to our mailing list: http://eepurl.com/gQeGfL  

This series is organized by BoMoVu and Oseminars as part of the Farenet #BlackLivesMatter in football activity. 

For your questions please contact us: emrecetin.gurer@bomovu.org


Birçok insan sporun apolitik ve ırkçılık gibi derin toplumsal meselelerden azade bir alan olduğuna inanır. Sporu, hiyerarşisi, erişimi imkânlarını ve başarı kriterlerini meritokratik ve renk körü olmasıyla yüceltirler. Bu inanışa rağmen, ırksallaştırılan kişiler etnik ve kültürel kimlikleri üzerinden ayrımcılığa uğrarlar. Bu kişiler, bu inanışın ayrıcalıklı kişilere ait olduğunu ve bu imkânların kendileri için geçerli olmadığını bilirler. Gerçekte, ırkçılık hayatın başka alanlarında olduğu gibi, sporda da ne yazık ki etkindir. Sporda ırkçılık; takım sahipliğini beyazların tekelinde tutar, Amedspor gibi Kürt futbol takımlarına saldırılara sebep olur, Colin Kaepernick gibi muhalif siyah seslerin sahalardan uzaklaştırılarak susturulmasına yol açar. Bu sorunu gün yüzüne çıkarmaya ve mümkünse çözmeye yönelik olarak, BoMoVu ırkçılık karşıtı etkinlikler, öğretmen atölyeleri, çevrimiçi sohbetler ve pedagojik araçlar geliştirmektedir. Sporda Irkçılık ve Karşıtlığı çevrimiçi sohbetleriyle BoMoVu ve Oseminars her hafta bir yerele ve/veya bedensel pratiğe dair konuşacak iki kişiyi bir araya getirerek sporlarda yer alan ırkçılık sorunlarını ele alıyor. Bu sohbetler, bu mesele ile ilgili dünya çapında süregelen diyaloğu beslemeyi ve ırkçılığın sporda takındığı çeşitli maskeleri indirerek kendimiz ve toplum hakkında düşündürmeyi hedefliyor.


Sporcular, eski sporcular, profesyoneller, teknisyenler, taraftarlar, spor sosyolojisi, eleştirel ırk teorisi, dekolonyal araştırmalar alanında çalışan akademisyenler ve her türlü ırkçılıkla mücadele eden aktivistlere çağrımızdır. Spordaki sistemik ırkçılığın analizini ve eleştirisini yapmaya siz de katılın. Seslerinizi duymak için sabırsızlanıyoruz. Bu sohbet serisinde konuşmacı olmak için lütfen buradaki formu doldurunuz (formda İngilizce yer alan sorulara dilediğiniz dilde cevap yazabilirsiniz): https://forms.gle/mj8UYtNAbQDscZGYA

Çevrimiçi sohbetler her Perşembe Türkiye saatiyle 16:00’da, 24 Eylül – 10 Aralık 2020 tarihleri arasında yer alacaktır.

Bu 12 haftalık çevrimiçi sohbetler aşağı yukarı 1 saat sürer ve Zoom platformunda yer alır. Zoom toplantıları canlı olarak Youtube’da yayınlanır ve kayda alınır. Dinleyiciler Zoom üzerinden veya Youtube sohbet panosunu kullanarak soruları ve yorumları ile dahil olabilir.

Çevrimiçi sohbetlerimizden haberdar olmak için mail listemize üye olabilirsiniz: http://eepurl.com/gQeGfL  

Bu sohbet serisi BoMoVu ve Oseminars tarafından, Farenet #BlackLivesMatter in football programı çerçevesinde yer almaktadır.

Soru ve önerileriniz için bize yazın: emrecetin.gurer@bomovu.org