School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


23 Aug 2018

Journalist gets world-beating experience in Russia

An alumnus has added the 2018 World Cup to a growing collection of events covered in an ever-growing journalism portfolio.

Priyansh joined Qatar-based network Al Jazeera to cover the tournament across Russia, having previously worked for The Hindu, one of India’s largest daily newspapers.

As well as the World Cup, in 2017 Priyansh covered both the FIFA U17 World Cup and Wimbledon. Next year he intends to work at the Cricket World Cup in England and the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates, whilst also hoping to return to Wimbledon.

A keen Tottenham Hotspur fan, Priyansh took an interest in journalism from a young age, inspired by his father’s career in the industry. Whilst in Russia, he followed not only football but the politics surrounding the tournament, which he spoke about in an Al-Jazeera broadcast.

Priyansh said:

“I think Russia succeeded in using the tournament to remake its image but the overwhelmingly negative coverage in Western media outlets before the World Cup meant that the only way was up.

“I had a fantastic time in Russia and it was only enriched by one of the most dramatic World Cups ever seen. I watched 18 matches in all, and thanks to some flexible planning, I caught most of the memorable encounters.

My favourite moment of the World Cup was witnessing France beat Argentina 4-3 in the Round-of-16 match in Kazan: a thrilling match, with some great goals. I'll remember it for a long time. Seeing England win a rare penalty shootout against Colombia in Moscow was a highlight too.”

Having graduated from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in 2016 with an MSc in Sociology of Sport, Priyansh still speaks highly of his time at the University. He said:

“My time at Loughborough was immensely beneficial. The Sociology of Sport programme provided me with a fundamental understanding of the world of sport.

Not only did I become a better writer thanks to the academic training I received, I also discovered better work opportunities after graduating from the university.”

We wish Priyansh the best of luck in his future career.