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Gambian Sports journalist set to attend AIPS Young Reporters Programme

Aug 10, 2011, 12:19 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Gambian prolific sports presenter and commentator Abdoulie Bah, assistant general secretary of The Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia who works with West Coast Radio as a sports producer, is set to leave the shores of the country for Shenzhen, China, where he will join a host of other young reporters on a two-week AIPS young reporters programme.

Bah, who is the producer and presenter of the famous Gamcel Sports talk show on West Coast Radio, is chosen by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) that will conduct a sports journalism education programme to provide young sports journalists between the ages of 19 and 25 a unique training experience during the upcoming 26 Summer Universiade slated for August 12 to 23, 2011, Pointsport has reliably learned.

The Young Reporters’ Programme will involve best 30 AIPS-selected young journalists from the five continents of Africa, America, Asia, Oceania and Europe and immerse them into the Games for 14 days, with full access to the competition venues.

They will be joined by Chinese colleagues selected by the Shenzhen OC.

The 14-day project begins with an introduction to sports reporting and the techniques of covering the Games. The first assignment will be to cover the Opening Ceremony on 12 August 2011, this reporter can confirm.

“I am extremely delighted to be part of this historic moment and I thank the Sports Journalists Association of the Gambia and my employers at West Coast Radio for their support in making the trip a success,” the elated and globe-trotting journalist told this reporter a few hours before his departure earlier today.

Bah is nominated by the SJAG, which is an AIPS National Association member.

The West Coast sports producer has become the country’s youngest sports journalist to rotate on the four corners of the continent to cover various international football events including two qualifiers and two championships, having travelled to countries like Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Rwanda and South Africa of recent.