The BBC's State of Sport week

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As part of State of Sport week, the BBC is looking at some of the biggest topics in sport today.

Here is everything in the series so far:

Monday, 20 March: Amateur doping

All the stats behind the BBC survey

eSports competition taking place
Competitions can take place in big arenas, with many fans watching on big screens, similar to traditional live sporting events

Tuesday, 21 March: Esports

Soldiers watch a football match in Syria
Soldiers watch a football match in Syria

Wednesday, 22 March: Syria, football on the front line

  • Syria's World Cup dream BBC Sport's Richard Conway and David Lockwood follow the Syria football team as they chase World Cup qualification against the backdrop of war. The team can't play matches at home and face a 9,000-mile round-trip for "home" qualifiers in Malaysia. Yet they still have a chance of reaching Russia 2018 and bringing some hope to their fellow countrymen.
  • Syria went on to win 'the most important match in their history'.

Thursday, 23 March: Athlete welfare

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Players are pressured to use painkillers - Mills
  • Olympic silver medallist Wendy Houvenaghel says a "medal at any cost" approach created a "culture of fear" at British Cycling.
  • Former NHL enforcer Dale Purinton - part of 125 ex-players suing the league - says suffering 17 career concussions left him suicidal.
  • EXCLUSIVE: British Swimming is conducting an investigation after multiple bullying claims were made by Paralympians about a coach, the BBC has learned.

Friday, 24 March: 'Sport saved my life'

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State of Sport: The incredible story of Claressa Shields
  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson says British Olympic and Paralympic sport must improve its athletes' welfare.
  • Audifax Byiringiro, a Rwandan cricketer, tells his harrowing story of escaping the 1994 genocide and how cricket has helped play a part in the healing process.
  • Danny Roberts tells the BBC how he has turned his life around, going from a difficult childhood filled with violence to being a top star in UFC.
  • BBC School Report: Edwina Hartwell - from eating disorder to ironman triathlon.
  • Death, war, abuse - 10 athletes reveal how sport provided an alternative pathway in their life.
  • Relive - State of Sport: Debate. Six panellists tackle the big sporting issues of the day - recap our live text coverage or watch again on iPlayer.

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