of what churchill called the few, the 3,00 airmen who defended the skies above southern england from the nazi luftwaffe in 1940. 0ur correspondent robert hall looks back at his life. their story has gripped us for over 75 years — the young men who defended their skies against waves of german bombers in 1940. hurricanes and spitfires roar into action... but now, one by one, those men are passing into raf history. maurice mounsdon was 21 when hejoined up. less than a year after completing his training, he was in combat over kent. throuthuly and august, he flew relentless and exhausting missions — shooting down at least seven enemy aircraft. but his luck ran out, and at 1a,000 feet, he was forced to bail out of his blazing
hurricane. i'd had a shot at one of the bombers, and i was overtaking the squadron, so i turned to come back and have another go when i was hit. maurice landed in these essex fields. his hands and legs were badly burned, and he endured months of treatment in hospital. the pain comes later. oh, yes. burns are rather uncomfortable. hmm. maurice mounsdon never flew again, but he did serve until the end of the war. now, just three of his fellow pilots remain — all of them over 100. but the courage shown in that long and costly summer will outlive all of them. tributes to maurice mounsdon, one of the few, who's died aged 101. 0ne one of the heroes of the battle of
britain. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello and welcome to sportsday. i'm chetan pathak. banned for four years from all major sporting events — russia is punished by the world anti—doping agency. arsenalfight back at the london stadium for their first win in ten matches. and fighting prejudice — nine—time paralympic champion tanni grey—thompson tells us about the comments she got when she was pregnant.
hello and welcome to sportsday. we start with russia and a significant ban that's been handed to them by the world anti—doping agency. the country's been barred from all major sporting events for the next four years. there'll be no russian flag or anthem. 0ur reporter, alex capstick, has been in lausanne where wada's executive committee made their decision earlier today. leading members of wada's executive committee have been explaining to us in this hotel in central lausanne the reasons they came to this decision to ban russia for four yea rs. decision to ban russia for four years. it is because russia are repeat offenders. they have again been found to be covering up positive drugs tests. as to the punishment, they think they have got the balance right, they think that
there were calls for a total ban on athletes and officials but that would have been unfair on those competitors who are untainted by the doping conspiracy, so they have banned the russian flag, a russian anthem, leading sports and officials from next year's 0lympics anthem, leading sports and officials from next year's olympics in tokyo and other big sporting events. what happens next is down to russia, because they have 21 days to lodge an appeal, and then it goes to the court of arbitration for sport, and that could take us right up until the tokyo 0lympics. that could take us right up until the tokyo olympics. the final decision will be with them and it will then go to the individual governing bodies, fifa, the ioc, to implement sanctions, but there is possibly a long way to go and this could still get very messy. the president of wada, sir craig reedie, says the decision shows its "determination to act in the face of the russian doping crisis". some people have said the sanctions don't go far enough and are calling for a blanket ban. you can say this is not enough, but what i would say is this.
every world championship for the last four years, not just any other games, but every world championship, there won't be a russian president there, no government officials, no team. neutral athletes only, no russian flag. that is a significant sign and message that says you, by your conduct, have forfeited your place at the top of world sport. if that's not enough we may have to go next time. but yes, we want to try and get a message across without punishing innocent athletes. arsenal have their first win under freddie ljungberg since he took interim charge, as they came from behind to beat west ham at the london stadium. it's their first win in ten matches in all competitions and moves them to ninth in the premier league, within two points of manchester united in fifth. patrick geary reports. bubbles, bubbles, toil and trouble.
these were worrying times for arsenal, but they arrived at west ham without a win in nine, disorientated and about to be made still dizzy. angelo 0gbonna west ham's sora, ainsley maitland—niles u nfortu nate ham's sora, ainsley maitland—niles unfortunate touch. nothing was going the way arsenal intended. for an hour they stumbled relying on west ham's mercy. the next goal seemed a matter of time. from that shot, it took five minutes and came at the other end. gabrielle martinelli had started something remarkable for the strike released a forgotten energy. six minutes later, nicolas pepe scored a goal of the kind he had long promised. with hammerheads still swimming, here was pierre—emerick aubameyang with the third. after weeks of gloom, nine minutes of glory, enough to shift the clouds for west ham and manuel pellegrini. we have a lot to work on. a lot of things that we can see that we need
to get on the pitch to fix, but at least they have been under a lot of pressure for weeks and weeks, but they had the mental strength to do that today away from home. amazing what they did. i know the pressure they have been under. ijust want to enjoy the day—to—day end for them to enjoy the day—to—day end for them to enjoy the day—to—day end for them to enjoy the evening, and then we work again tomorrow. time now for the some of the day's other sport stories. england will gear up for euro 2020 with a friendly against italy at wembley in march. they've already lined up home games against denmark and romania, with a trip to austria in between. johnny sexton has been ruled out of leinster‘s champions cup game at home against northampton on saturday with a knee injury. the captain was forced off in their win over the saints at the weekend. centuries from danni wyatt and tammy beaumont helped england's women to a 75—run win over pakistan in the first one—day international in kuala lumpur. it was their first match since head coach mark robinson stepped down in august.
the second one—dayer is on thursday. baroness tanni grey—thompson, the 11—time paralympic champion, has been talking about the discrimination she faced when she was pregnant. the former wheelchair athlete, who was born with the condition spina bifida, has been telling gavin ramjaun how people struggled to understand how she could have a baby. when i was pregnant, it was interesting how i was treated. i was treated nicely as an athlete and then i faced this barrage of different people, medics and non—medics, often complete strangers questioning my decision to have a baby, and one of the things i was offered was a termination, because i was told, obviously, you haven't thought about being pregnant. it was like, i was 32! it was also strangers in the street stopping me,
saying, are you pregnant? how did you get pregnant? but there was an underlying negativity, and it was wrapped in people like you, disabled people, should not be allowed to have children. i am quite resilient, so have children. i am quite resilient, soi have children. i am quite resilient, so i think i dealt with it quite well, but other people are really shocked. i was sent to ca should social worker and asked intrusive questions, —— sent to see a social worker. it was only because i was a wheelchair user i was asked those things, so one question i was asked was, if you feel you can't look after your baby, you put it up for adoption? do you think you harm your baby? that didn't feel like the right route. that prejudice, is it something you come across day—to—day? how would you assess it in terms of your normal pattern of life? i am treated as an x athlete, a parliamentarian and thirdly as a disabled woman, and as i'm disabled woman i'm considered not able to make decisions on what i do
day—to—day, i have constant challenges with, where is your carer? now my daughter is 17, people talk to her, not me, which is fascinating. i have disappeared from people'sconsciousness. that is difficult for my daughter and for any disabled person, where you are assumed you are not capable of making a decision. i am not sure some of those things have improved much in the last 20 years. disabled sport, do you think much has changed around how people view paralympic sport? i know you said something about people seeing disabled athletes as inspirational, and inspiration is a big thing. there have been a lot of improvements in the way the public understand disabled and paralympic start. but we are slipping into assumptions that every pa ralympian we are slipping into assumptions that every paralympian has an inspirational story. i was born with a condition and i couldn't walk and that, to me, doesn't seem inspirational. when you go on the
field of play, it can be different, but just being disabled field of play, it can be different, butjust being disabled doesn't mean to say you are inspirational. and i think it is quite hard for some people understand why a lot of disabled athletes feel really strongly about this. but in my day—to—day life, i don't think i am inspirational. it always feels a bit strange to be called that. however, it is nice as an athlete to think that you've done something to change the world for disability sports. so it's a really company and argument. but for me, sport should be covered by sport, and when people are competing we talk about sports, and around the edges you can talk about how someone became disabled or how they acquired their impairment. you can hear more from dame tanni on the stumps, wheels and wobblies podcast, available on bbc sounds. that's all from sportsday. coming up in a moment, the papers.
hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are the spectator‘s deputy political editor, katy balls, and jack blanchard, editor of the politico london playbook. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in. let's bring you up—to—date. the daily mail leads with the news that borisjohnson has daily mail leads with the news that boris johnson has hinted daily mail leads with the news that borisjohnson has hinted that bbc could face a major funding shake—up if he wins on thursday, with the licence fee up for debate. more information on the volcanic eruption in new zealand in the early hours of monday, saying that safety warnings we re monday, saying that safety warnings were ignored for years. the guardian says the conservatives have been accused of lying to try and distract from the growing row around that photograph of a young boy lying on a hospital floor asleep. for the daily
telegraph, a leaked conservative member which suggests jeremy corbyn could end up as prime minister without gaining a single parliamentary seat. they say tactical voting in a dozen constituencies would result in mr corbyn entering downing street as leader of a minority labour government. the independents as there are numerous cases of young children forced to wait hours in a&e wards for a bed. they say that the case of the four—year—old, a boy with special needs, who was forced to wait 57 hours for a specialist bed. the mirror lease with another case of a child left to wait in a&e, with the story of davey millie who had 26 hours. —— baby millie. the metro leads with the story of hospital beds, and they say the war has led to the election heating up for the final days. the times leads with news that british tourists were among those injured in the new zealand volcano disaster. let's
start with the story of the day and, judging by the papers, it's likely to be the story of tomorrow morning, the picture the prime minister a p pa re ntly the picture the prime minister apparently didn't want to look at. the ft, it concentrates really on the politics. yes, this relates to a photo that came about of a four—year—old with suspected pneumonia who was treated on a floor because the a&e department was packed. when boris johnson because the a&e department was packed. when borisjohnson was confronted by an itv reported today, he was persistent in saying, look at the photo, prime minister, and eventually the prime minister responded by taking the phone with the photo on it and putting it in his pocket. he backtracked, but people quickly latched onto it saying it was without emotion and appeared dismissive. that has made a big row today about the conservatives and the nhs, and i think the various parts of the story, but you look at in terms of
the election campaign, a handful of days to go until polling day, and the tories want to spend this week talking about brexit and doubling down on their messages, not talking about the nhs widely, which is labour's preferred topic, and they particularly do not want to talk about the nhs when it comes to a shortage of funding. because we have had dreadful statistics about waiting times. exactly, and the idea there was a crisis in the nhs, and i think this will run on at least until tomorrow. it's unusual for a government, not without precedent, but unusual for a government to have any sense almost no record to campaign on and to focus almost entirely on what it promises it will do in the future, because brexit has been so dominant in the last two and half years, it's fair to say, not a lot else has happened. there is a long list of achievements they can point to.