Shortlist announcement for Writing Best Column

  • March 28, 2023

LAUSANNE, March 28, 2023 - The AIPS Sport Media Awards are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Writing Best Column category.

The shortlist represents the second judging stage and is based on the preferences of the AIPS Executive Committee members.

Find out more about the judging stages here.

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


Marcela Mora y Araujo (Argentina), Thrown into the World Cup: The challenge of telling things as they are and at the same time believing in magic -

Julian Linden (Australia), On thin ice - News Corp Australia

Morgan Campbell (Canada), WNBA star Brittney Griner, detained in Russia, is guilty only of pursuing a salary that matches her skill - CBC

Felipe Antonio Zarruk Diazgranados (Colombia), The face of ‘The Lord’ - Extratiempo Radio

Ricardo Vasconcellos (Ecuador), FEF blockade on press freedom - El Universo

Alaa Abdel-ghani (Egypt), Overseas aid - Al-Ahram Newspaper

Jean-Michel Brochen (France), The unbearable and the lightness - L'Equipe

Sujit Bhar (India), The distaff route - India Legal

Saeedeh Fathabadi (Iran), We are journalists, not culprits: A glimpse into the troubles of being a woman sports journalist -

Afsoon Hazrati (Iran), No institution is responsible, not even FIFA! - Zanan-Emrooz

Elias Makori (Kenya), He's superhuman... let's name city's new motorway 'Eliud Kipchoge Expressway' - Nation Media Group

Petz Lahure (Luxembourg), A steak with a kick - Tageblatt

Daniel Gallan (South Africa), Will sport punish all murderous governments? - New Frame

Michael Aylwin (UK), No fix in sight as rugby edges closer to harsh truth hardwired into collision sports - The Guardian

Oliver Brown (UK), No more excuses: Sport must finally turn its back on Putin - The Daily Telegraph

Piers Edwards (UK), ‘Where is the response to security issues in African football?’ – BBC

Michael Pavitt (UK), Valieva is a teenager at centre of scandal but focus should really be elsewhere -

Steven Price (UK), Nottingham Forest's spending is the cost of entry into the Premier League – Forbes

Emma Smith (UK), Thank you, Jake! Why Daniels' decision to come out can change football for the better -

Isabelle Westbury (UK), The inevitability of conflicts of interest in a culture of one-and-done - The Telegraph

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT Following this shortlist, we will announce the top 10 and subsequently the finalists.

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

Stay tuned for the rest of the shortlists!


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