“Playing Fields” is a powerful testament to African athletes’ strength, resilience, and unbreakable spirits. Their journeys motivate us to overcome obstacles, pursue our dreams, and leave a positive legacy in the world we choose to be a part of.

This new Olympics.com documentary series, “Playing Fields,” highlights up-and-coming athletes from Africa looking to make their mark on the sporting world.

This compelling series offers an intimate glimpse into their lives, unravelling their challenges and showcasing their resilience in adversity.  

Episode 1 – introduces Aya Girard de Langlade Mpali from Gabon 🇬🇦. Her story is truly remarkable and could easily be a plot of a captivating movie. At seven, Aya was involved in a boating accident, which she survived by swimming six kilometres to reach safety. Undeterred by this traumatic event, she persevered and represented her country in swimming at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, all while lacking access to an Olympic-sized pool for her preparation.  

Episode 2 – follows the life of Ayomide Emmanuel Bello from Nigeria 🇳🇬 Her story reveals how necessity turned into her Olympic dream. After her father’s untimely passing, she had to leave school to paddle canoes for her family’s fishing business. Through years of practice and finding her rhythm, Bello emerged as Nigeria’s top canoeist, marking the beginning of her success by competing in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and securing multiple gold medals at the African Games.

Episode 3 – takes us through the path of Kahlifa Mukadis from Ghana 🇬🇭 a passionate footballer determined to become a professional. His story illuminates the sacrifices and dedication required to pursue his dream. Balancing school commitments with training has earned him a place in the Nima Kings FC.

Episode 4 – takes us on the journey of the first and only female boxer from Burundi 🇧🇮– Ornella Havyarimana. With limited training resources and disapproving parents she still managed to compete in Tokyo. 

Episode 5 – follows basketballer Manuel Camboma from Angola 🇦🇴 His story reveals the hard work, which eventually caught the eye of his current coach. His efforts secured him a spot in one of Angola’s top clubs.

Episode 6 – takes us through the life of three-time South African 🇿🇦 BMX champion Miyanda Maseti, whose competitive nature has propelled her to incredible success. Her story showcases her unyielding drive and how she channels it to achieve greatness! 

WATCH HERE: https://olympics.com/en/original-series/playing-fields/ or go to Streaming on the Menu in the Podium Pursuit Fan App.

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