SWAG launches 44th edition of its Awards in collaboration with MTN

Sammy Heywood Okine, AIPS Member
ACCRA, January 30, 2019 – The 44th MTN SWAG Awards night has been fixed for May 11, 2019 at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).

This was announced at the MTN House on Monday at Ridge Kwabena Yeboah, President of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG). He said the Awards event, which is the first in Ghana, has been running consistently for the past 43 years. He thanked the former executives and members who have maintained and sustained the event.

Yeboah revealed that 34 individuals and 11 institutions will receive receive honours for their works in the 2018 season. They include Isaac Dogboe, who won and lost the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Super Bantamweight title, Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid, Richard Commey, the IBF title aspirant and Tony Baffoe, the Assistant Secretary of CAF who won the Sports Personality of the Year two years ago.

He hinted that three top international sports personalities including South African Sports Journalist, Mark Gleeson have been invited.

Kwabena Yeboah, who attended the 2019 AIPS Congress in Switzerland, also confirmed that SWAG will for the first time host the AIPS Africa Congress in April, 2019.

He commended MTN for standing for excellence and supporting the Sports Writers Association of Ghana for the past ten years, adding that this year’s event will also reward the best SWAG member, who has contributed to the success of the association over the years.

Samuel Koranteng, Corporate Services Executive of MTN assured SWAG and Ghanaian sports personalities of their support. He commended SWAG for their consistency in the awards and said they would announce their package in a few weeks time.

Professor Peter Twumasi, Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), who graced the launch, urged the sports media to continue their good work. He appealed to sports federations and organisations to unearth talents, instead of fighting or settling matters in the law courts. He noted that sports is big business with many benefits.

Also present at the awards were Efua Falconer of the Corporate Affairs Department of MTN, William Ezah, SWAG General Secretary, Maurice Quansah, Editor of Graphic Sports / SWAG Vice President, Charles Osei Asibey and George Larry Botchway all executive members of SWAG.

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