Holding’s book on racism in sport named Sports Book of the Year

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Michael Holding.
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West Indies bowling great Michael Holding’s book “Why We Kneel, How We Rise” won the British William Hill Sports Book of the Year award recently.

The book covers racism in sport, examining the root causes of the issue, the toll it takes on communities and the world.

It features contributions from athletes such as Olympic champion Usain Bolt, soccer World Cup winner Thierry Henry and four-times Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka.

William Hill said in a statement that judges described Holding’s book as “as one of the most important sports book you will ever read.”

Holding said he felt it was really important to write the book, which beat five other nominees for the US$39, 930 prize.

Holding’s book is the sixth cricket-related book to win the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, which bills itself as the world’s longest established and richest sporting literary prize.

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