Sport has many benefits, of course, from health to economics to tourism. But I am focusing, in this column, on how sport can make people feel at home, and part of a community — particularly expatriates.
A few days ago I was surprised to receive a message from a friend asking whether any of the soccer clubs in the country would be interested in sponsoring her friend, a Saudi woman who is currently training abroad.
As someone who loves sport and reading it will not shock you to learn that I am a huge fan of sport biographies. The best ones make you feel like the author is your best friend and have just shared a fascinating chat over a few coffees, having read them.