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Statement on the Commemoration of the International Sports Journalists' Day 2009

Jul 3, 2009, 8:55 AM

Dear Colleagues,

The Gambia, yesterday Thursday July 2, 2009, joined the rest of the World to commemorate the International Sports Journalists' day.

It is indeed my great honour and pleasure to wish you all the best for this important day in the annals of sports journalism worldwide.

July 2 was earmarked by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) as the official day of celebration because of its significance as the date when the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) was established at the 1924 Paris Olympics.

This July 2, 2008 will mark the 85th anniversary of the founding of AIPS.

The theme of the celebration is" Sports Journalists, Victims of World Financial Crisis"

The important of the theme cannot be underestimated as many of our colleagues fall victim to staff cuts as a result of the "World Financial Crisis" I urge you to care for each other, to listen to each other, to embrace change and work with it.

 I encourage publishers and media bosses not to use the current economic downturn as an excuse to make cutbacks.

As said by the President of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), Mr. Merlo, in his statement yesterday, I quote: "It is no longer right to make the distinction between text and images, professional reporting and citizen journalism. The old means of control don't work, the old categories don't work, and the old ways of thinking don't work. We need to come to terms with that. Fundamentally, the old media won't control news dissemination in the future."

I believe that as sports journalists we need to take this seriously. We must embrace new technology and not be afraid. We must work together with and guide the federations in dealing with matters of accreditation that will no doubt surface. 

I call on you to strive for greatness, not only professionally, but by representing the ideals of our association and by setting a good example as global citizens. It is now more important than ever to consolidate our traditions.

Once again, my heartfelt congratulations on this festive occasion.

Enjoy celebrating International Sports Journalists' Day, 2009.


Yours sincerely,

Namory Trawally

President SJAG