John has been sports reporter for The National since 2012, primarily focused on UAE and Asian football, golf and combat sports. He has travelled the continent covering the national football team, while attending high-profile international events, including the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil and the 2018 tournament in Russia. Boxing and MMA have taken John around the Gulf and further into Asia; in 2020, he spent six weeks inside a safe zone “bubble” to cover the inaugural UFC Fight Island. He has reported on other sports as well, including Formula One, tennis, rugby and horse racing. He began his career in sports journalism in 2007.