For many, the thought of losing our sight is a horrifying prospect. Despite facing immense difficulties as a result of vision loss, there are some truly amazing people in the world who have overcome their disability to achieve amazing things and Azeem Amir is one of them.
In this episode, Rajan stays in the UK to talk to Azeem as part of the Fighters Season. Blind since birth, Azeem Amir overcame all odds by becoming the first South Asian England footballer and competing in the Euros. He is part of England’s national blind football team, an adapted format of 5-a-side with four outfield players who are completely blind and a fully sighted goalkeeper on each team. The outfield players will wear patches and a blindfold to ensure an even playing field, and the ball has ball bearings within its panels to create a rattling noise when shaken.
He has also competed in Tough Mudder, raised thousands for charity, has a first-class honors degree, and dreams of competing in the Paralympics.
Azeem opens up to me about his disability, social challenges and his career. Today’s podcast is a beautiful celebration of success, defying the odds and achieving goals despite having a disability. A special thank you to our guest for joining us. With his positive mindset, talent and commitment its easy to imagine him succeeding in anything he puts his mind to.
About Azeem Amir:
Azeem is the UK’s first South Asian football player to play for England. He was blind from birth and through his own tenacity, made a historical change to diversity in the UK sports sector.
About the Global Indian Series:
Rajan Nazran is the chief chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!
For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable global community.
Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!
Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.
We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.
Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.
Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express, OWM, Manager, ABC and many more.
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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest – Azeem Amir
Art Design – Vanisha Patel
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