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Sky Sports is also nominated in the ‘Sports Programme’ category for cricket’s coverage of the first Test between England and West Indies, which opened with a powerful and emotional Black Lives Matter discussion, as live sport returned during the coronavirus pandemic

Last Updated: 02/03/21 10:17am

Sky Sports pundit Michael Holding, wearing a Black Lives Matter badge during the second Test between England and West Indies

Sky Sports pundit Michael Holding, wearing a Black Lives Matter badge during the second Test between England and West Indies

Sky Sports’ Michael Holding has been nominated for a Royal Television Society 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 institutionalised racism, his comments reaching a global audience of over six million 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 interview has 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 Programme’.

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Nasser Hussain said ‘the world listened’ when his Sky Cricket colleagues Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent spoke passionately about systemic racism last summer

Nasser Hussain said ‘the world listened’ when his Sky Cricket colleagues Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent spoke passionately about systemic racism last summer

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Michael Holding said that education is key to eradicating the problem of racism in society

Michael Holding said that education is key to eradicating the problem of racism in society

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

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Michael Holding broke down in an interview on Sky News as he recalled the sufferings of his parents

Michael Holding broke down in an interview on Sky News as he recalled the sufferings of his parents

Also nominated in the same category is golf’s “The Open For The Ages”, an innovative three-hour programme that was created following the cancellation of The Open due to coronavirus.

The broadcast brought together many of golf’s greatest champions for the first time to compete against each other over the Old Course at St Andrews, with 50 years of archive footage expertly edited and woven together with modern graphics and new commentary.

The broadcast featured 21 major champions, including 19 Champion Golfers of the Year

The broadcast featured 21 major champions, including 19 Champion Golfers of the Year

Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson, Sir Nick Faldo and Rory McIlroy were among the golfers to feature, with the final round broadcast globally to fans – including on Sky Sports in the UK – as well as The Open’s website and social media channels.

The BBC’s coverage of the London Marathon 2020 is also nominated in the Sports Programme category. Holding is up against Gabby Logan (London Marathon 2020, BBC) and Bryan Habana (2019 Rugby World Cup Final, ITV) in the Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit category.

The Royal Television Society award winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 16 in a virtual ceremony.

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