Alumnus takes on racism in sport in Dreaming The impossible: The Battle to Create a Non-Racial Sports World

Book cover press release of Dreaming The impossible: The Battle to Create a Non-Racial Sports World

Mihir Bose (Industrial Engineering & Management 1969) has recently released his new book Dreaming the Impossible: The Battle to Create a Non-Racial Sports World, where he explores concerns of institutional racism and biases within professional sport.

The recently published book uses the voices of sports personalities, players,coaches, and academics to explore racism within the sports industry. His book covers the last five decades and includes major events and controversies within the industry.  

Mihir has spent his career working in sport and sports journalism in particular. Most notably, he has spent time working for BBC Sport, the Evening Standard, and he is well-known for the “Big Sports Interview” in the Financial Times. 

In addition, he has written 27 books and collaborated on a further 15, many of which are centered around sports, with Dreaming the Impossible: The Battle to Create a Non-Racial Sports World, being the latest addition to his collection. 

The new book examines the way racism has affected Black and Asian sportsmen and women and how attitudes have evolved over the past fifty years. He looks in depth at the controversies that have beset sport at all levels: from grassroots to international competitions and how the Black Lives Matter movement has had a seismic impact throughout sport, with black sports personalities leading the fight against racism. 

Bose’s book has been labelled as ‘thought-provoking’ and a ‘wake-up call’ by the Irish Times and The Times, respectively, and he uses his experience in the sports industry and first-hand experiences of racism in and out of the industry to build his argument.