AIPS CHIEF ADVOCATES FOR MEDIA PATNERSHIP IN HOSTING SPORTS COMPETITIONS

BY IHUNANYA OKOYE

The President, International Sports Press Association ( AIPS) in Africa, Mitchel Obi has advised Sports Leaders to always collaborate with Journalists for effective and successful hosting of Sports competitions in future.

Obi is of the view that if Journalists are given priority by Sports leaders when hosting events; some mistakes would be avoided and there will not be much room for regrets.

The AIPS Chief made the call at the end of the 2018 CAA in Asaba

“sports leadership in Africa must look at the sports media in the continent as veritable partners in hosting sports competitions . Sports leaders should fully integrate the media in their plans if they plan to host successful events. In hosting events, we need to take into consideration the developmental and promotional aspects of it; find the right fusion and balance it so that the competition can flow. Infact, sports leaders should take into consideration the comfortability of Journalists when hosting compeitions to ensure smooth and successful competition”

Mitchel Obi who doubles as the vice president of AIPS globally commended the Local Organizing Committee of the 2018 CAA for the successful closing ceremony of the Games.

” we are still in the fever of Asaba 2018 and it will take sometime to get off our system. I think the final day was diferent. The spectatorship was energizing to athletes and it provided the tonic for the atmosphere. It was a good spectacle all round and i think the athletes gave more than we expected. I also believe the athletes departed with lots of memories of Asaba”

On the performance of the teams in the 2018 CAA, Mitchel Obi praised Kenyans for winning the medals table despite the challenges they faced prior to the competition. However, he thinks team Nigeria male athletes need to buckle up like their female counterparts. He equally advised the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) to inject Nigerian athletes from the youth games to the senior level.

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