COMMUNIQUE BY THE AFRICA SECTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PRESS ASSOCIATION (AIPS AFRICA), AT THE CONTINENTAL SECTION MEETING OF THE AIPS CONGRESS IN LAUSANNES ON JANUARY 22. 2019.
The Africa section of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) held its meeting during the 82nd congress of AIPS in Lausanne on January 22.2019 and came up with the following resolutions.
*Anchored firmly on the implementation of the four-year Strategic Plan launched in Nairobi 18 months ago, the meeting of National Sports Journalists associations of Africa agreed to boost the acquisition of AIPS cards for its members and to ensure that national associations meet their membership obligations to ensure maximum participation and benefits in and from AIPS activities.
The sub regionals vice presidents of AIPS AFRICA were infact advised to coordinate the card situation within their zones and report accordingly to the Executive Committee. It is necessary, all agreed, for the continental section to lead in the cards possession chart given the concession granted to it.
The low level participation and coverage by African sports journalists African sports events was a big worry which affects the proper representation of African athletes and their stories. The meeting resolved to make an effective presence of AIPS AFRICA in some of the major sports events this year such as the Africa Cup of Nations and All Africa Games and called on African sports leaders and organisations to recognize the need to work with professional sports journalists who are well equipped and statutory positioned to share and promote a developmental vision for sports within the continent.
It was also agreed that the next Africa congress will be held in Accra from the 2nd – 6th of April 2019 with Accra City hotel as the venue. The activities of member countries and Africa’s participation and performance in the maiden AIPS award was highly commended and stood as a reference for further demonstration of excellence.
The top 3 shortlisted African participants in the award will all also be invited to Accra during the congress.
London will be the host city for the 83rd AIPS congress slated for February 2020, and it was the consensus for all to work extremely hard to put Africans on the podium at the next awards.
A special invitation was extended to celebrated South African sports broadcaster Mark Gleeson to share his experience as a member of the AIPS Jury at the Accra congress. He will join other distinguished sports personalities and leaders including Africa Power Of Sports, the Governor of Nigeria’s River State Barrister Nyesom Wike continents sports press gathering in Accra.
It was also agreed that the current situation in Cameroun remains unacceptable to the African assembly thus a new assembly is recommended by the gathering to bring the all parties together to decide the leadership that will forge ahead with AIPS.
The meeting also recommended witnesses to an incident in Dakar earlier involving an AIPS executive committee member from Algeria, Bessol Nazim Nazim and the CAF President Ahmad Ahmad to bring forward any evidence to support a possible protest letter.
Drawing from an earlier position of the AIPS Executive Committee position the Meeting advised members in leadership positions at all levels within the Association and its affiliates to desist from identifying and participating in sports media bodies that are not recognised by AIPS and whose operations are clearly in conflict with the ethics and regulations guiding membership in AIPS.
All those whose conduct runs against their continued stay in AIPS will not be tolerated.
The meeting applauded the recognition accorded the Ghanaian sports journalist and lawyer Anas Aremeyaw Anas as the recipient 2019 Investigative Sports Journalist award and joined the AIPS leadership in encouraging sports journalists to embrace the culture of investigative journalism as the future.
William D. Ezah