Lee Wellings

Lee Wellings

Lee Wellings is the London-based Sports Correspondent. A journalist and broadcaster for over 20 years, he joined Al Jazeera in May 2011 from Sky, where he was Sports Editor. He has worked on many major sports news stories and events including the 2012 Olympics, and his exclusive interviews with major sports leaders include then-IOC President Jacques Rogge, UEFA’s Michel Platini and FIFA boss Sepp Blatter.

World Cup

Dutch football team may miss World Cup for first time in 16 years

The Netherlands need a near miracle later if they are to qualify for Russia 2018. Despite finishing third at the last World Cup, the Oranje need to beat Sweden by seven goals to reach the play-offs.

Dutch football team may miss World Cup for first time in 16 years

Europe

Forest Green Rovers: Eco-friendly football team set for UK debut

English football team Forest Green Rovers will be the smallest club to ever play in the English football league when their season starts on Saturday.

Forest Green Rovers: Eco-friendly football team set for UK debut

Europe

UK project supports ex-athletes’ mental health

Sportsmen and women can reach euphoric heights during their careers, but when retirement comes it can pose physical and mental health problems.

UK project supports ex-athletes’ mental health

United Kingdom

Scottish women's football team struggles for recognition

The team is scheduled to play in their first ever major tournament, the European Championship.

Scottish women's football team struggles for recognition

Sport

Tennis: Wimbledon raises prize money after Brexit

Tennis players have been given a 10 percent increase in prize money at Wimbledon this year, with nearly $3m each going to the winners of the men's and ladies' singles events.

Tennis: Wimbledon raises prize money after Brexit

Europe

Top gamers gather in Paris for eSport 2017

Playing video games was once confined to homes and arcades. Now it takes place in large venues and is streamed across the globe. This year's eSport games took place in Paris, France.

Top gamers gather in Paris for eSport 2017

US & Canada

Meet Toronto Wolfpack, Canada’s first professional rugby team

The sport of Rugby League does not have a stronghold in Canada, but that is about to change. A team has been launched in Toronto that will play league matches in England, a transatlantic commute for away games. And they are already making an impact.

Meet Toronto Wolfpack, Canada’s first professional rugby team

Rio 2016

Rio 2016: Time for performers to take sport past doping

Following on from doping scandals, the murky world of sport needs a strong performance on the field at the 2016 Olympics.

Rio 2016: Time for performers to take sport past doping

Sport

Premier League: Leicester makes the world believe

A team which fought off relegation last season goes on to win Premier League, surprising experts and sports pundits.

Premier League: Leicester makes the world believe

Sport

2015: The story of sport's scandalous year

From match-fixing to doping, 2015 has been a painful and turbulent year for sport - but there is a glimmer of hope.

2015: The story of sport's scandalous year

Sport

Can the new athletics chief save the sport in crisis?

Olympic champion Coe elected athletics' governing body's head with the sport in crisis over doping claims.

Can the new athletics chief save the sport in crisis?

Sport

English Premier League lacking quality on the field

It's the most popular league in the world but when it comes to quality of football, EPL is not the best.

English Premier League lacking quality on the field