Shortlist announcement for Best Colour Piece 2023

  • March 28, 2024

LAUSANNE, March 28, 2024 - The AIPS Sport Media Awards are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Writing Best Colour Piece 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:


Andres Burgo (Argentina), The cup that Messi lifts in the most iconic photo of the Qatar World Cup is fake - El País

Sebastian Torok (Argentina), Yannick Noah. Acrobatic, artistic, charismatic and winner, the last French male champion of Roland Garros - Diario La Nacion de Argentina

Olaf Brockmann (Austria), The Transcontinental Coach: Juan Carlos Zabala and his forgotten Master - Journal of Olympic History

Devin Heroux (Canada), Marco Arop's Olympic dream takes shape in the heart of Dixie - CBC

Dustin Patar (Canada), Qimuksiq - Canadian Geographic

Olivier Bossard (France), On a retrouvé Jean-François Hernandez - France Football

Jean-Michel Brochen (France), Bobby Charlton, an immense reign - L'Equipe Le Magazine

Quentin Moynet (France), Les galériens du tennis / Welcome to the jungle - L'Equipe

Alban Traquet (France), A la recherche de Christian Atsu - L'Equipe

Matthias Fiedler (Germany), The survivors – Der Spiegel

Fiifi Anaman (Ghana), Your Legacy Lives On - Medium

Andrew Mcnicol (Hong Kong), This North Korean player stunned the soccer world – then disappeared - CNN

Attila Szalay (Hungary), Down here, football is not just a game, it can save lives - Magyar Nemzet

Sanket Jain (India), How climate change is ending the sporting dreams of India’s young - Telegraph

Manuja Veerappa (India), Stripped of her Asian Games medal and banned from competing, Santhi Soundarajan is now pushing ahead - The Times of India

Mark Gallagher (Ireland), Baby Steps - Irish Daily Mail/Irish Mail on Sunday

Alberto Dolfin (Italy), Ukraine and Russia, frost on the piste but confrontation without masks - Corriere dello Sport

Alessandro Poggi (Italy), Manuel Bortuzzo: Olympic hopeful on overcoming fateful shooting to continue chasing dream as a Para - Olympic Channel

Idris Shehu (Nigeria), Olusosun: Inside Lagos slum where Victor Osimhen was raised - Cable Newspaper

Anders Christiansen (Norway), The war over the Olympics - Verdens Gang

Jose Encarnacion (Puerto Rico), La otra recta final de los caballos en el Hipódromo Camarero - Centro de Periodismo Investigativo

Pavel Lysenkov (Russia), "Dad, I see my dreams. And in them, there is ice, and I am playing hockey". This is how Rodion Amir lived and how he fought death - Match TV

Aissatou Diene (Senegal), Senegal: The mystical gangrenous practice of local football -

Stefan Kosanović (Serbia), Sports psychologist Sasa Sredanovic falsely presents herself to the public - Seecheck

Manuel Calabuig Garcia (Spain), The race against ALS - Corredor

José Ignacio Pérez Hernández (Spain), The murderous 'sport' in Auschwitz: "It was the first step towards extermination" - Marca

Laurent Favre (Switzerland), We found Mark Kangogo, the doping winner of Sierre-Zinal - Le Temps

Christof Gertsch (Switzerland), The Merman - Das Magazin

Mohamed Rami Abdelmoula (Tunisia), In Tunisia: Power and the Public Contend over the Football Field - Assafir Al-Arabi

Natalie Berry (UK), Mountain man: the miraculous life of Reinhold Messner, the world’s most controversial climber - The Independent

Jason Burt (UK), Erling Haaland exclusive interview: It is more shocking to people when I do not score - The Telegraph

Alex Bysouth (UK), Naples: A city on the brink as Napoli close in on first title in 33 years - BBC Sport

Aimee Lewis (UK), Wrexham: An intoxicating tale of Hollywood glamor and sporting romance - CNN

James Montague (UK), A Spanish Team Endures on a Toehold in Africa - The New York Times

Kate Rowan (UK), First she was sectioned, then put in a coma, now Abi Burton is aiming for Paris Olympics - Telegraph Media Group

Jeremy Wilson (UK), The real Bobby and Jack Charlton - by their younger brother Tom - The Telegraph

Suzanne Wrack (UK), Holding gymnastics to account – why one alleged victim of sexual abuse is speaking out - The Guardian

David Gardner (USA), Gunshots shattered her hoop dreams. Now she wants them back. - Washington Post


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