Holding nominated for Royal Television Society Award

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West Indian former cricketer Michael Holding.
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Sky Sport’s commentator, Michael Holding has been nominated for a Royal Television Society (RTS) award in the category of “Best Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit” for his work in 2020.

The legendary West Indies fast bowler gave a powerful and personal live testimony of his experience of racism and the need for greater education to end institutionalized racism.

His comments reached a global audience of more than six million followers on Twitter.

Holding’s words, combined with those of Ebony Rainford-Brent — the first black woman to play for England — were spoken in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in America and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Their compelling and emotional interviews have also helped earn Sky Sports’ coverage of the first Test between England and the West Indies a nomination for an RTS award for “Best Sports Program.”

The Test match was played at the Ageas Bowl on July 8, 2020, saw the return of live cricket after a global shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Royal Television Society award winners will be announced on March 17 in a virtual ceremony.

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