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Last updated: 26 Aug 2014 11:22
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To contact the Al Jazeera English sports website team, email Aje-web-sport@aljazeera.net


Presenters:

Rahul Pathak

Rahul Pathak

I have been a sports presenter at Al Jazeera English since its launch in 2006 (reading the first ever sports bulletin on the channel). 

Since then I have anchored AJE’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.  I have also covered the inaugural Indian Premier league in 2008 and the 2011 Copa America in Argentina. 

I came to Al Jazeera English from Channel Five in the UK where I worked as a studio news presenter and sports correspondent. I also worked for regional news channel Meridian Broadcasting. Before that I worked in radio, presenting news bulletins for Virgin and Asian network Sunrise Radio.

Twitter: @RahulP_Sport


Jo Gasiorowska

Jo Gasiorowska

I started my career in sport while still studying journalism at City University in London. That is to say I got my big break by being a runner - which involves a lot of photocopying and making tea - at Sky Sports on everything from Soccer AM to the live speedway shows, even spending a year working on their live NFL coverage.

My first foray into sports news came as a producer/presenter on the ITV News Channel, and from there I was lucky enough to have been approached by the founders of Al Jazeera English. I have never looked back!

I was live on-air in downtown Doha when Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup. I have also reported on the Ryder Cup and the Winter Olympics. When not at work you can find me indulging in my biggest passions - golf and spending time with my baby daughter.

Twitter: @jogasiorowska


Robin Adams

Robin Adams

I started at Al Jazeera English in June 2011. I worked at e.tv in South Africa for six years before joining AJE. I was the sports editor and anchor of their flagship news show, eNews Prime Time.

I absolutely love sport - with football, cricket, rugby and formula one rating top of the pile. I love darts too! My interests are my kids who I hope will be as big Manchester United supporters as their Dad.

I also support the Kaizer Chiefs football club in South Africa.

Twitter: @RobinAdamsSport


Farrah Esmail

Farrah Esmail

I studied print journalism at university, but my first job was in television and I never looked back. I started my career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, Canada. I did everything from researching, writing, reporting and even shooting my own stories. It was a great experience.

When I got an offer to work at Aljazeera English in Doha I just could not turn it down. And as the only North American on the sports desk I feel it is my job (among other things) to make sure the Toronto Maple Leafs get the occasional shout out!

Twitter: @f_esmail

Sana Hamouche


Sana Hamouche

Sana Hamouche has been a sports presenter on Al Jazeera English since 2006.

Twitter: @SanaH_Sport


Correspondents:

Andy Richardson

Andy Richardson

I started my career working in local papers on Merseyside, England, before heading to London and ITN. I managed to manoeuvre myself onto the News at Ten sports desk in time for the 1999 Rugby World Cup and never again did I darken the doorstep of news. 

I moved to Five News as a Sports Reporter at some point in the 2000s before getting the call from Al Jazeera in 2005. I am lucky enough to be part of the team that launched the channel the following year and have been on board ever since.

In that time it has been my privileged responsibility to report from four Africa Cup of Nations, an Olympics, various World Cups and more importantly meet and work with some truly inspiring people. 

Wherever I go, Liverpool FC and Lancashire CC are never too far from my thoughts.

Twitter: @AndyR_Sport
 

Lee Wellings

Lee Wellings

I am the Europe correspondent based in London, where I covered 2012 Olympics. Also covered Brazil 2014 World Cup. I joined Al Jazeera English in 2011, having been Sports Editor at Sky News and have also worked for BBC and ITN in over 25 years as a sports news journalist and broadcaster.

During my career sport has become news. I have been able to tackle big sports news stories on subjects such as corruption and doping and exclusively interview leading figures at FIFA, Uefa and the IOC. I have enjoyed exploring the stories behind the sports headlines, focusing on the people and lives affected. 

Twitter: @LeeW_sport

 

Producers

Richard Parr

Richard Parr

Since returning to Al Jazeera in 2011, I have covered major sports events including the London Olympics, Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and the Race to Dubai.

I have previously worked for Sky Sports News and Eurosport along with launching Sportsworld at AJE in 2008.

Born and raised in Brighton, England, I have been based in Doha, London, Madrid and Paris so far.

Football is my main sporting passion, especially the major European leagues. I’m also a professional wrestling expert, having interviewed various WWE superstars and commentated on American and Japanese wrestling.

Twitter: @richard_parr


Richard Nicholson

Richard Nicholson

I've worked at AJE for nearly seven years starting out at AJE as a Satellite Co-ordinator. I moved to the sports team in November 2008 as a Planning Producer becoming a producer a year later.

Before AJE I worked for Channel 4 in London as their Satellite & Lines Co-ordinator and before that for Trans World International.

I am an avid sports fan and enjoy watching almost as much as I like playing sport. I have just completed my second Abu Dhabi Triathlon (1.5km swim, 100km bike and 10km run) and despite finding the training hard quite enjoyed the whole process.

My other passion is golf and play once or twice a week, which keeps me sane.

 

Sohail Malik

Sohail Malik

My career in television began at AJE and I was part of the team that launched the channel in 2006. Before joining the sports department I was a producer for the channels main talk show Inside Story.

I have also worked with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Swimming Federation (FINA).

Arsenal, the Miami Heat and Pakistan’s cricket team are at the heart of my passion for sport.

Twitter: @SOintl


Elise Holman

I first joined Al Jazeera English in July 2013 after I was drawn in by its commitment to news, diversity and a unique, global perspective of sports news.

Elise Holman

The highlight of my time at AJE so far has been coordinating our global coverage of the 2014 Brazil World Cup global perspective of sports news.

I previously worked for Sky News Australia in Sydney as a Supervising Sports Producer.

I’m a country girl at heart having been raised in the small town of Parkes in regional Australia.

Twitter: @Elise_Holman

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