Over 100 guests gather for celebration of AIPS Winter Olympics Journalists on the Podium
by Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam, AIPS Young Reporter, Nigeria
PYEONGCHANG, February 19, 2018 - The International Sports
Press Association (AIPS) on Monday continued its unique tradition of
celebrating longevity in Olympic journalism - an initiative that has blossomed
since the London 2012 Summer Games - as journalists, who have covered six or more
Winter Olympic Games, were honoured at a special ceremony at Casa Italia at
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.
More than 100 guests, including the over 70 awardees, were
present at the event tagged "Journalists on the Podium". An event
which also saw the launch of the maiden edition of the AIPS Sport Media Awards.
There were International Olympic Committee (IOC) members
who did the honours of handing out pens in the shape of the PyeongChang 2018
torch to the veteran journalists who have dedicated two or more decades of
their careers to the coverage of the Winter Games.
The IOC line-up included; Ivo Ferriani (Italy), Princess
Nora (Liechtenstein), Marisol Casado (Spain), Sergey Bubka (Ukraine) and Austin
Ferriani, who is also the President of the International
Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, welcomed everyone to Casa Italia (Italy House)
describing it as "a taste of Italy not just in the food but also in the
Speaking specifically to journalists, he added: "For
us, your work is necessary to promote what we do. We produce emotions and
you are able to send those emotions all over the world.
"Without you our work will not exist, because you
are important to us, absolutely important and your success is our success.
"The veterans here are for us a core group of people
who have all the answers because having more than six Winter Games means you
know exactly what, and you can also make our work much better. We want to be
promoted by you and also sometimes criticized by you."
The Chairman of PyeongChang 2018 Lee Hee-beom and the
President of Korean Sports Press Union Hee Don Jung also gave speeches at the
Only yesterday news emerged of a Russian Curler being
suspected for doping at PyeongChang 2018. Today, the Court of Arbitration for
Sport has confirmed that bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky has been
The court said that it has “initiated a procedure”
involving Krushelnitsky, who along with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova finished
third in the mixed doubles event of curling.
This is a situation AIPS President Gianni Merlo described
as unfortunate considering the efforts of journalists in the fight against the
ills in sports.
He however emphasized on the need to "invest in
culture" as he unveiled the latest initiative of AIPS.
"In a bid to do that (invest in culture) we have
launched this new AIPS Sport Media Awards – a celebration that is very important
because we have to recognize what we are able to do. We have to recognize our
work. We have to give importance to our work in this moment which is difficult
for the newspaper, television, for everybody," Merlo stated.
"So it's important that we believe in what we do and
through the international awards it means that we will announce our
possibilities for the future and for the generation of the future," he
AIPS honored more than 70 veteran journalists who have covered 6 or more Winter Olympic Games at a ceremony in Casa Italia at PyeongChang 2018. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
L-R) Peter Frei (Switzerland), Hiro Yakushi (Japan), Hugo Steinegger (Switzerland), Giuliano Bevilacqua (Italy) have covered 13 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Chairman of PyeongChang 2018 Lee Hee-beom with journalists who were honored at the ceremony and the Olympic torch replicas. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)