Longlist announcement for Writing Best Colour Piece

  • March 13, 2023

LAUSANNE, March 13, 2023 - The AIPS Sport Media Awards are pleased to announce the longlist for the Writing Best Colour Piece category.

The longlist represents the first judging stage and is based on the average ratings of the AIPS panel of specialists, the Executive Committee members and the members of the Jury.  

Find out more about the judging stages here.

Disclaimer: All names and information have been published as we have received them, for any corrections please contact us at info@aipsawards.com.

As stated in the Rule 8, the AIPS Awards organisers reserve the right to move an entry into another category when it would be more appropriate there.

Here are the selected works, in alphabetical order of country:


Zabihullah Shahzaad (Afghanistan), They even want to kill you to prevent your participation in the Tokyo Paralympics – Zabihshahzaad.blogfa.com

Nedjemeddine Sidi Atmane (Algeria), Blailey, out from under the rubble again! - www.z-dz.com

Maher Mezahi (Algeria), The most important semifinal of Aliou Cissé’s career | Senegal are finally AFCON champions - New Frame | The Athletic

Pablo Amalfitano (Argentina), The last Vilas, 30 years later: “For him, everything was to win and win” - Página/12

Sebastian Fest (Argentina), Federer and Nadal, or everything a photo says (and hides) - Vanity Fair

Marcela Mora y Araujo (Argentina), Lionel Messi and Argentina look in harmony with World Cup dream alive - The Guardian

Sebastián Torok (Argentina), Federer. The elegance of a body in harmony: the legacy of the vulnerable tennis player who moved us - Diario La Nación

Alejandro Wall (Argentina), This final December - Tiempo Argentino

Anthony Edgar (Australia), The Athletes’ Voice (By Michelle Ford-Erickson and Anthony Edgar) - Oneshot Sport, Swimming Australia, Australian Schools Rugby Union

Jeremy Story Carter (Australia), Death of a Footy Club - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Samantha Lewis (Australia), Four months on, Afghanistan's women's national team are finding family and freedom on Australia's pitches | 'A bunch of ratbag, lesbian feminists': The coming-out story of the Adelaide Armpits, Australia's first LGBTQIA+ football club - Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Julian Linden (Australia), The truth behind swimming's historic trans vote - News Corp Australia

Will Swanton (Australia), What a bloody privilege - The Australian

David Baumgartner (Austria), Sustainability in sport: Where Austrian sport stands and what it is already doing - Kleine Zeitung

Silvana Strieder (Austria), Hailed in the world, forgotten at home - Kurier

Kenan Mastaliyev (Azerbaijan), “Yellow-blue” squadron of Azerbaijan sport - Rekord.az

Marcus Alves (Brazil), Ricardo Quaresma: Portugal's flamboyant former star and his stand for Roma rights | Evangelicalism & Brazil: The religious movement that spread through a national team - BBC

Fernando Duarte (Brazil), Lea Campos: The Brazilian who battled prejudice & patriarchy to become a referee - BBC

Pedro Ramos (Brazil), Why China uses the Africa Cup of Nations to exert more influence on the continent - Estadão

Crisneive Silveira (Brazil), Autistic child creates his own World Cup album in the interior of Ceará - Diário do Nordeste

Kouagheu Josiane (Cameroon), AFCON 2022: “Football makes me forget the Boko Haram attacks for a few hours” - Le Monde Afrique

Ebai Enow, Njie Enow (Cameroon), Remembering Marco; The inspirational life, tragic death and legacy of Marc-Vivian Foé - The Blizzard

Devin Heroux (Canada), Inside the mind of Canada's Mikaël Kingsbury, the greatest moguls skier in history - CBC

Don Landry (Canada), Colin Hodgson's Year of Challenge - The Curling News/Sports illustrated

Natascia Lypny (Canada), Golden Opportunity - CBC Saskatchewan

Lee Reaney (Canada), Inside the IPC's About-Face on Banning Russia & Belarus - Lviv Today

Esteban Abarzua (Chile), They were all destined for greatness - Revista Tribuna Andes of Chile

Danilo Díaz (Chile), The penalty that was charged from Santiago - Revista Tribuna Andes

Carlos González Lucay (Chile), The Marcelo Ríos Method: his secrets as a coach - La Tercera

Li Li (China), Lulu ChenLu, dreams fulfilled after 30 years in Beijing 2022 - Ta Kungpao Daily

Wufei Yu (China), Eileen Gu: Normal Upbringing - Sanlian Life Week Magazine

Zhao Yu (China), A mountain village in Guizhou and its “village BA” - lanxiong sports

Osvaldo Hernández (Colombia), The $38 billion that entangles Mindeporte and the OEI - Diario La Patria de Manizales

Abraham Jiménez Enoa (Cuba), The impossible fight of Namibia Flores – Gatopardo

Sohad Elkhodary (Egypt), Cerebral palsy patients in Egypt...between dreams of heroism and lack of potential - Raseef22

Hasan Elsaadny (Egypt), Football for refugees in Egypt. Treasure of talents in the guarded land - pulpit.alwatanvoice.com

Reda Selim (Egypt), 100 years of "Arab sport"... achievements and “random women” - Alittihad newspaper

Salome Kharatishvili (Georgia), On that night, Romans believed that victory was possible - sportall.ge

Ronny Blaschke (Germany), Battles at the stadium, the stands in flames - Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ

Matthias Fiedler (Germany), Brake in the head | "Away from that devil" - Der Spiegel

Manuela Harant (Germany), The great sport taboo | Terrifying insights - Suedwest Presse

Sascha Staat (Germany), Dramatic. Historic. Bittersweet. - Ruhr Nachrichten

Ron Ulrich (Germany), Helmut Sonneberg: A spellbinder's story of survival, no longer kept secret – BBC

Peter Wenig (Germany), In the land of smiles – Peking.22 Magazine

Emmanuel Ayamga (Ghana), Bombs, fear, iffy survival: The escape story of Ghanaian footballers in war-torn Ukraine - Pulse Ghana

Esther Owusua Appiah-Fei (Ghana), 'I dreamed of representing Ghana in the Women's Africa Cup of Nations, instead I was beaten up' - The Telegraph UK

John Vigah (Ghana), Dealing with alleged ‘juju’ in the Black Stars - New Times Corporation

Raubil Gariba (Ghana), The rise and fall of former FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi : From prosperity to adversity - www.ghanasportsmarket.com  

Bright Yaw Ofosu Larbi (Ghana), A Bronze medal that finds a place in history : The Story of Joseph Paul Amoah - TV3 Network

Reiner Germer (Honduras), The path of Honduran immigrant athletes in Spain - HonduSports Ilustrada

Zoltán Balogh (Hungary), Grab shot - csakfoci.hu

Jamie Alter (India), On daily allowance of Rs 100, Uttarakhand cricketers worse off than unskilled workers - News9

Santadeep Dey (India), India’s historic lawn bowls gold makes north London proud – Sportstar

Shail Desai (India), Jiya Rai takes her own route to the finish line | Everest: Why do people still climb the world's highest peak? - Mint Lounge

Tushar Dutt (India), The only thing I wish for is peace: Olena - The Times of India

Aayush Puthran (India), Alcoholic haze to rediscovering love for cricket - Ankola's flight to redemption - Cricbuzz

Sanket Jain (India), Using sports to recover from catastrophic flooding - Fansided

Amit Kamath (India), Anjum Moudgil opens up on feeling emotionally wrecked after Tokyo Olympics - News9 Digital

Rasesh Mandani (India), An Indian bookie in every (match) fix - Hindustan Times

Tahir Ibn Manzoor (India), Arif Khan is finally an Olympian, now he just wants to 'let the magic happen' – ESPN

Subodh Mayure (India), Maharashtra State Kabaddi captain cuts sugarcane for living - Print Media, Mid-day Infomedia Ltd, Mumbai

Sudarshan Narayanan (India), Ash Barty and the sublime lightness of being | Roger Federer: The master who waved a magic wand on court - The Hindu

Suvam Pal (India), Menstruation 'Is Just Girl Things': Are Chinese Sportspersons Mainstreaming 'Period' Taboo? - Outlook

Anand Vasu (India), Temba Bavuma: One in a Million - The Economic Times

Xaveria Yunita Melindasari (Indonesia), The profession of an F1 engineer is not as glamorous as one might imagine - Motorsport.com

Ali Rezaei Shahzade (Iran), Son of the port - Borna news agency

James Corbett (Ireland), Another Man City sponsor with seemingly no staff, no active products and being run out of a mailbox | The Building Legacy - Off The Pitch | The Blizzard, Issue 45

Daniel Mcdonnell (Ireland), Football Friends Reunited - Irish Independent

Kate Rowan (Ireland), Confessions of a rugby journeyman: Gloating rivals, money worries – and still loving the game - Telegraph Media Group

Alberto Dolfin (Italy), Gabriele, goalkeeper beyond the limits - La Stampa

Flavia Cappellini (Italy), First flight - The Gaza Sunbirds cycling team - Rouleur

Francesco Pietrella (Italy), Aduriz and the Athletic's philosophy: "We are like Asterix and Obelix against the Romans" - Cronache Di Spogliatoio

Valeria Rubino (Italy), Kobe Bryant's Italian heart - ViaggioSport

Bonface Osano (Kenya), Laventer Oguta, Africa’s kabaddi queen – New Frame

Emmanuel Sabuni (Kenya), Grace to grass: The sad story of Duncan 'Jamaica' Kibet - The Star Newspaper

Eduardo Enrique López Navarrete (Mexico), The Yucatan Sustainable Stadium has not seen the light of day for almost two years - Diario AS

Jesper Langbroek (Netherlands), Spicy Football: Watching a game between narcos in Mexico - SoccerNews

Arthur Renard (Netherlands), Exclusive interview Jürgen Klopp - Voetbal International

Madeleine Chapman (New Zealand), Finding Heath Davis - The Spinoff

Christopher Reive (New Zealand), The bullied kid who's aiming for the top of the world - NZME / New Zealand Herald

Oluwashina Okeleji (Nigeria), In African women’s football, homophobia still poses a barrier - Al Jazeera English

Ajibade Olusesan (Nigeria), Stamping doping out of Nigerian League - New Telegraph

Anders Christiansen (Norway), World Cup ticket to death - Verdens Gang

Bernt Jakob Oksnes (Norway), A sick skiing nation - Dagbladet

Sm Hussain (Pakistan), Ukraine, War and Cricket? - BOL NEWS

Beatrice Lauren Go (Philippines), Documents: How a Philippine sports system failed EJ Obiena – Rappler

Dariusz Dobek (Poland), He has no words to express what he feels - Onet.pl

Dariusz Faron (Poland), First victory, then psychiatric hospital - Wirtualna Polska

Andreea Giuclea (Romania), The Summer of David Popovici - DoR (Decât o Revistă)

Igor Sergeyev (Russia), Nigeria’s top football league is a mystery where teams almost never win away. A football anomaly - Sports.ru

Alexandra Vladimirova (Russia), Nadya Karpova: The Russia striker speaking out against war in Ukraine – BBC

Adrian Ephraim (South Africa), The athlete that God fuels | A long walk to cricket stardom for Keegan Petersen - New Frame

Daniel Gallan (South Africa), Solo's Journey - The Nightwatchman: The Wisden Cricket quarterly

José Ignacio Pérez Hernández (Spain), Children rescued by a balloon – Marca

Miguel Angel Lara Adán (Spain), Mercader, the Resistance cyclist – Marca

Sergio Alberruche (Spain), A miracle of past football - Diario AS

David Álvarez (Spain), Ukraine football war - El País

Xabier Fortes López (Spain), “I was shocked to see my knee cut from side to side” - Diario AS

Francisco Javier Carrión Molina (Spain), Leonas against Águilas, in the football match of the Saudi women who dream of Iniesta - El Independiente

Martín Mucha (Spain), Rafael Nadal, a story of pain - El Mundo

Carles Vila (Spain), Tekle Ghebrelul. An Eritrean coach in Greenland - Mundo Deportivo

Christof Gertsch (Switzerland), The best tennis player in the world is also the oldest - Das Magazin

Ali Haj Suleiman (Syria), Child workers play their own Champions League in Syria - Aljazeera.com

Chayanit Itthipongmaetee (Thailand), Women, fight! Historic bouts KO ban at Thailand’s oldest Muay Thai stadium - Coconuts Bangkok

Ilyes Ben Salah (Tunisia), Sports investigative journalism is captive to capital – Aljazeera

Ernest Akorebirungi (Uganda), Playing rugby despite being deaf & unable to speak: The incredible story of Isaac Mubarak Mubiru - Kawowo Sports

Kateryna Godunova (Ukraine), Story of Ukrainian high jumper Protsenko who escaped from the occupied Kherson region after 40 days - JSC “Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine”

Riath Al-Samarrai (UK), ‘They put me on suicide watch... I went to the station to step in front of a train’ - Daily Mail

Michael Aylwin (UK), Carl Hayman: ‘I was a commodity in rugby. Now I’m paying the price’ - The Guardian

Oliver Brown (UK), Goodbye, Dad - The Daily Telegraph

Jason Burt (UK), I was tear-gassed by disgraceful French riot police - The Daily Telegraph

Alex Bysouth (UK), The Lisbon derby: How Sporting versus Benfica became one of Europe's fiercest rivalries - BBC Sport

Pete Carvill (UK), Erik Skoglund: What is he wIlling to do? Part 1 | Erik Skoglund: What is he wIlling to do? Part 2 - NY Fights

Matias Grez (UK), ‘This is not saving, this is destruction’: Ukrainian MMA champion Yaroslav Amosov recounts the horrors of war - CNN

Jonathan Harding (UK), ‘I'll die with cancer and can't change it but I can change these people's lives’ - Racing Post

Sana Haq (UK), As war rages on at home, these young disabled Ukrainian swimmers are stranded in Turkey - CNN

Nick Hope (UK), From fighting for silverware, to fighting for survival - Viktoriia Marachuk - Ukrainian orphan, Para - Women's Sports Alliance (WSA)

Chris Howells (UK), Five Nations 1972: A championship abandoned & an emotionally charged return in Dublin - BBC Sport

Jenny Johnson (UK), Emiliano Sala: A tragic plane crash, a stain on football's reputation - BBC Cymru Wales

Matthew Kenyon (UK), Bibian Mentel-Spee: The life and legacy of a Paralympic legend (for BBC Sport) - BBC Sport

Simon Lowe (UK), Luis Figo: ‘I had everything at Barcelona – moving to Real Madrid took its toll’ - The Guardian

Duncan Mackay (UK), Emil Zatopek still haunted by Russians half a century after paying the prize for standing up to them - insidethegames.biz

Dan Palmer (UK), Sea voyages, rabbits and a 189-year-old tortoise - the story of sport in St Helena - insidethegames.biz

Steven Price (UK), The Business Behind Tottenham Hotspur's Preseason Korea Tour - Forbes

Paul Radley (UK), The rise of Shaheen Afridi - The National

George Ramsay (UK), Remembering Dave Wottle’s thrilling victory at the Munich Olympics, a race that still inspires and e - CNN International

Matt Rendell (UK), Juan Jose Florian: Colombia’s Para-cycling ‘superhero’ and his dramatic life story – BBC

Don Riddell (UK), Amir Assadollahzadeh: Fearing torture and possible execution, Iranian powerlifter quit team in Norway and ran for his life - CNN

Hannah Ryan (UK), Their club became the richest in the world. But these fans are worried at what it means for Newcastle - CNN

Karlo Tasler (UK), Graham Potter’s and My Debut on Stamford Bridge - Medium.com

Wil Treasure (UK), White Gold - A Cultural history of Climbing Chalk - UKClimbing.com

Matt Warwick (UK), Kelly Catlin: A family's search for answers on links between concussion and suicide – BBC

Sophie Williams (UK), Sergiy Stakhovsky: Ukrainian tennis player who returned to defend his country - BBC News

Jeremy Wilson (UK), Inside the Isle of Man TT: The world's deadliest race | From Ian Wright to Dame Laura Kenny, stars back new Telegraph campaign to close gender prize-money gap - The Telegraph

Suzanne Wrack (UK), ‘We felt newly born’: Afghan female footballers’ remarkable escape to UK - The Guardian

George Wright (UK), The team representing a lost homeland, 6,000 miles away - BBC

Sabra Boyd (USA), A 2,700-Mile Cycling Race Is Now Even More Extreme - New York Times

Tommy Delaunay (USA), Kate Sanborn found belonging with the marathon - FloSports / MileSplit

David Gardner (USA), How a former NBA player and activist became a far-right media darling - Washington Post

Omar Mohammed (USA), ‘The NBA has come to us’: inside basketball’s $1bn play for Africa - The Guardian

Cory Mull (USA), How one team in Buffalo healed in the face of tragedy - FloSports

Adam Williams (USA), An Indigenous Women’s Softball Team Beats Opponents, and male chauvinist | Landmines took their limbs. Soccer brought them glory. - The New York Times | National Geographic

Diego Domínguez (Uruguay), The story of the novice doctor who saved Maradona from his first death - El País Uruguay

Zinyange Auntony (Zimbabwe), Old-style scoreboard charm as Zimbabwe blast into T20 World Cup - France 24 via AFP

Farai Shawn Matiashe (Zimbabwe), What reduces child marriage and poverty? Ask Zimbabwe’s young chess queens - The Guardian

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT Following this longlist, we will announce the shortlist and subsequently the finalists.

The final ceremony will take place in Seoul on May 9, 2023.

Stay tuned for the rest of the longlists!


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