New edition of the AIPS magazine now online: Inaugural winners of AIPS Sport Media Awards set to take centre stage in Lausanne

LAUSANNE, January 29, 2019 – The original trophy of the AIPS Sport Media Awards adorns the cover page of the latest edition of the AIPS Magazine which is now available online. Issue III-IV/18 details the successful journey of the inaugural edition of the international accolade from when it was launched at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in February 2018 to its much-anticipated ceremony on January 21, 2019.

The magazine also features the winners of the AIPS Champions of 2018 Best Athletes and highlights the return of North Korea to AIPS and, while also drawing attention to the latest AIPS Young Reporters Programme, which was held during the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

AIPS Sport Media Awards: The first edition of the AIPS Sport Media Awards has been described as successful after it attracted 1273 submissions from 119 nations. The name of every participant is published in this latest issue of the AIPS magazine and the winners across eight categories will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on January 21 at the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel, Lausanne, Switzerland. The awards ceremony will immediately be followed by the 82nd AIPS Congress at the same hotel.

Best Athletes of 2018: For their exploits last year, Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and US gymnastics star Simone Biles were named the Best Athletes of 2018 following the result of a poll by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), where a panel of  359 journalists from 87 countries voted for the Champions of 2018. The Best Team accolade went to FIFA World Cup winners France, while the tournament itself was adjudged to have had the Best Press Facilities.

North Koreans are back: An AIPS delegation, comprising the president Gianni Merlo, secretary general Jura Ozmec and executive committee member Hee Don Jung, visited Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea in September 2018, and engaged in fruitful conversations that facilitated the return of North Korea’s Sports Journalists Association to the international body after many years of not being a member.

Uruguay 2018: Another AIPS Young Reporters Programme was held during the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay, where 16 young journalists from almost all of the tournament’s participating countries were drilled on the role of new media and technologies in the coverage of sport by seasoned mentors.

Many more stories can be found inside the AIPS magazine thanks to contributions from our National Associations, Commissions and Continental Sections.

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