Legendary Jamaican and West Indies fast bowler turned pundit, Michael Holding, won the Sports Journalists Association’s (SJA) Award for Best Pundit in 2020.
This award follows Holding powerful testimony about racial injustice, during Sky Cricket’s coverage of England against West Indies in July 2020.
The awards were held online due to the pandemic.
According to Sky News, Holding’s powerful speech simply came from thoughts that have been buried deep in his consciousness for a number of years now.
“People don’t understand what it is like to go through life and always thinking that people think less of you than what you think of yourself,” Holding said at the online awards ceremony.
“It can be a little bit tiring and when I got that opportunity it just came spilling out,” he added.
He, however, holds out hope that the process that could lead to lasting change has already begun.
“If you just look at the protests on the road and look at the faces of the people that were on the road. I saw a Swedish women’s football team take a knee before a game, so it is going all over the world that people are recognising that things need to be done, and it’s about time it did.”
The Sports Pundit award is decided by an SJA Members’ vote. Holdings played for West Indian sides in the 1970s and 1980s,