Sport-Holding’s ‘Why We Kneel, How We Rise’ Named Sportsbook of the Year

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FILE PHOTO: Horse racing – Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, England – June 19, 2021 Former West Indies cricketer, Michael Holding before the race Action image via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

December 2, 2021

(Reuters) – Michael Holding’s great West Indies bowling book “Why We Kneel, We Rise” won William Hill’s Sportsbook of the Year award on Thursday.

The book addresses the issue of racism in sport, examines the root cause of the problem, and the damage it has caused to the community and the world.

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

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

Holding said he felt it was really important to write the book, which beat out five other candidates to win the £30,000 prize ($39,930).

Holding, who wrote the book with the help of journalist Ed Hawkins, said: “I hope it encourages people to educate themselves about the issues raised.

“I am proud and honored to receive William Hill’s iconic Sportsbook of the Year award, and I hope this helps us spread the message of ‘say no to racism’ and the importance of learning more about this important topic.”

Holding’s book is the sixth cricket-related book to win William Hill’s Sportsbook of the Year award, which claims to be the world’s oldest and richest sports literature award.

(1 dollar = 0.7513 pounds)

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis) Sport-Holding’s ‘Why We Kneel, How We Rise’ Named Sportsbook of the Year

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