President of AIPS, Gianni Merlo, has met African sport journalists covering the
ongoing 2017 Asian Games hosted in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Over ten journalists from Africa are attending the Games on the invitation of the organising committee.
Speaking during a dinner with the journalists at his hotel on Monday night, Merlo reminded the pen-pushers of the difficulties facing the profession, as he advised them against doing anything that would cause division in the AIPS’ family.
Merlo, who was very happy to host the dinner, urged the journalists to be focused and make the best use of the two-week stay in Ashgabat to better develop their careers.
The Asian Games were officially opened on Sunday in a spectacular ceremony, attended by the President of Turkmenistan and other head of states.
“It is better you go and sell chocolate, if you lose your dignity,” the AIPS President told the journalists as he reminded them of their role and responsibilities as journalists.
He strictly warned against any attempt or moves to divide AIPS’ family.
The dinner was also attended by AIPS Africa’s President, Mitchell Obi.