Minister of Sports, Ahmed Khanou has on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, presented a cheque of Le 1,000,000 (One Million Leones) as his support towards the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) International World Sports Journalists Day (WSJD) celebration. SWASAL will join other colleagues around the World to celebrate the World Sports Journalists Day on July 2, 2017, and ahead of this year’s event, the Sports Minister has already pledged to be part of the celebration and further presented the One Million Leones cheque as his own support towards the day celebration.
“This is a cheque of Le 1,000,000 as my support toward the World Sports Journalists Day celebration this year. Since I came in as Minister, I have always pledged to work with SWASAL and will continue to work with the Association,” Ahmed Khanou said.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the SWASAL Football Organising Committee, Sorie Ibrahim Sesay, chairman of the committee thanked the Minister for his kind gesture and pledged the money will be utilised for its intended purpose. He said: “We want to say thanks to you and look forward to furthering contributions.”
SWASAL will mark this year’s celebration with a fund-raising football tournament which will involve two communities; Fulah Town Community and Kroo Bay Community as they will battle for the prestigious ‘Rodney Michael Trophy’.
The early kick-off of the day will see the Sports Journalists taking on Sports Administrator side which will be captained by the Sports Minister.
The International Day of the Sports Journalists Day is a global professional observance on July 2. It was established by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in 1994 to mark the 70th anniversary of its foundation.
It was also aimed at commemorating the creation of AIPS and to celebrate the achievements of members of the sporting media and also to encouraging sports journalists to strive for excellence in their work and to set an example to the world – not only to the world of sport but to the world at large.