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The ex-Newsround presenter covers almost everything from the Derby to the London Marathon, Wimbledon and the World Triathlon series.


Part of the BBC presentation team for the London Olympics 2012, Sonali also co-presented British Olympic Dreams - a monthly BBC One show following Britain’s finest athletes in their quest to reach London 2012. Her warmth, charm and versatility has resulted in her covering a number of the BBC’s marquee events – the Cricket World Cup, the Boat Race, the London Marathon, the Epsom Derby, the Royal Wedding & Wimbledon. All this was on top of her day job – the BAFTA award-winning Newsround which she presented for five years.

In October 2010, she spent a month in Delhi as one of BBC Sport’s presenters at the Commonwealth Games. Adept at explaining a complex subject to a non-specialist audience, in November she went to Afghanistan to film two Newsround Specials, called ‘Growing up in a Warzone’ and ‘The Children of Kabul’. One of these films prompted quite a debate in the media because it included NATO’s leading civilian representative in the Afghan capital telling Sonali ‘children in Kabul are safer than those in London and Glasgow’. The two documentaries aired on BBC One, the BBC News Channel and BBC World.

In early 2010, Sonali travelled to Haiti to meet survivors of the earthquake two months on from the disaster, resulting in a week of special reports for Newsround. In 2008, she spent a month in China, reporting on the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake and presenting Newsround and Sportsround from the Beijing Olympic Games. Sonali credits these Games for sparking her passion for covering big sporting events. Since then, she has had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in sport such as Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic, David Beckham and Maria Sharapova.

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