TOD, the Middle East and North Africa region’s streaming platform for sports and entertainment, is releasing a new docuseries focusing on the Arab history-maker Mutaz Barshim, the Olympic Games gold medallist.
Streaming from May 15, Mutaz Barshim: Defying Gravity will go beyond the Olympic high-jump champion’s gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The three-part series highlights Barshim’s greatest sporting moments and follows his journey as he prepares for another high-jump season.
The docuseries highlights his ascent from humble beginnings in Doha to becoming one of the most recognisable athletes across the world. Mutaz’s 2.43m jump in 2014 is the highest of the century and the second highest in humankind’s history, being two centimetres short of the world record.
With three consecutive world high jump titles, he is also an Olympic Gold medallist (2020) and two-time silver medallist (2012 and 2016). In his own words from the series, “I’m currently at a level where I can’t get enough of one goal. Now, I am trying to pull off every possible achievement. When I hang up my boots, I will have time to celebrate my achievements. But now, I enjoy wins for a couple of days, then I set my eyes on the next goal. Today, I have a goal of becoming the best jumper in history. When Mutaz retires, I want them to remember my name.”
For the young athletes from the region, Mutaz has one message, “Dream big, and take all the support you can get. Get a good coach and listen to them. Be prepared to make personal sacrifices and be patient. Achieve for yourself, the fans, and your country.”
TOD Subscribers across the MENA region will be able to stream the eagerly awaited series, and get access to more than 40,000 hours of premium sport and entertainment content on the platform.
Commenting on this, John Paul Mckerlie, VP Marketing and Sales at TOD, said, “Mutaz Barshim’s ambition and determination are the reason behind his successful championship-winning career. With our new and exclusive series, “Defying Gravity”, we share the story and never-before-seen footage of this Arab athlete, and are confident that the sports docu-series will serve as an inspiration to all the budding athletes from the region.”