Morocco opens its door to the first ever African YR program

RABAT, August 19, 2019 – Alongside the 12th edition of the African Games being organized for the first time in Morocco, will be an AIPS Young Reporters Program, which has been launched on August 18, 2019.

It is the first time such a program is taking place in Africa, after 32 previous editions. The idea of this program comes from Morad Moutawakil, AIPS member of the executive committee who acted has master of ceremony in yesterday’s official introduction to this unprecedented event.
The program is being organised by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), in partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Sports.

This latter has done great work in less than six months in order to make the launching ceremony of this annual program successful. That is due to the fact that Morocco believes in the crucial role that media could play in protecting and promoting sports values. “The media is the guardian – if I can use the language of sports – of the values of sports,” said the Moroccan Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Rachid Talbi El Alami.

“Experience is the best teacher,” AIPS Africa president, Mr. Mitchell Obi said. Indeed, this 11-day course program will offer young reporters the chance to cover an international multi-sport event, while learning directly from experienced senior sports journalists.

This is an enriching hands-on opportunity that the President of AIPS Morocco, Badreddine Idrissi, is proud to be part of since it has brought together eleven young reporters selected by AIPS Africa from all over the African continent to participate in an intensive sports journalism training camp, at the end of which they would gain an invaluable experience across all fields of sports and build a strong international network of colleagues from different cultural backgrounds.

For his part, the President of AIPS, Mr Gianni Merlo, pointed out that “We have to defend the world of sports, because it is a social world; if sports collapse, millions of people will lose their jobs. (…) So, we have to work together to give better living conditions for the next generation.”

It should be noted that the Young Reporters Program is an initiative of AIPS which began in 2011. The association has organized more than 30 similar programs that have taken place in more than 80 countries located in five continents, with the participation of more than 200 young reporters from around the world.

The Young Reporters for the 12th African Games are:
Sanae Hormatoallah – Morocco
Ghita El Jazouli – Morocco
Amine Asiyame – Morocco
Lamiaa Faraji – Morocco
Arafat Hamrouni – Tunisia
Lazouni Widad – Algeria
Idah Sarah Njeri Kamau – Kenya
Sandrine Zougouri – Burkina Faso
Tlotlo Tshephang Kebinakgbo – Botswana
Akosua Addan Amoo – Ghana
Olivier Nishirimbere – Burundi

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