• January 11, 2019

With just 10 days to go until the inaugural AIPS Sport Media Awards ceremony on January 21 in Lausanne, AIPS is honoured to publish the Top Ten finalists from each continent. The Awards submissions included an inspiring level of journalistic content from across five continents, confirming that the quality of sports storytelling is present worldwide.

 The first edition of the AIPS Awards received an outstanding total of 1273 submissions from 119 nations around the globe. In submitting their work for consideration for the eight categories, colleagues from across the globe engaged in a dialogue of sporting excellence. Such dialogue is crucial in highlighting the importance of sport media and the need to invest in its culture and independence.

 The continental sections of AIPS have worked hard to ensure that they are duly represented in the Awards. Hence to further highlight the international reach and unique ties that the association has around the world, below are the Top 10 finalists, in alphabetical order, of the AIPS Sport Media Awards from ASIA and OCEANIA.



Aaron Kearney, Orchids Bloom,   ABC Radio (Australia)

Ali Abukbash, mundial sports radio program-عيش المونديال,   published by Alhoriya Radio Network -Palestine 92.7 FM (Palestine)

Ali Abukbash, Sports comment,   Ajyal Radio Network Palestine (Palestine)

Ali Haddad, sports commentator,   Ali haddad (Lebanon)



Aainollah/Eynollah Lotfalezadeh,فوتبال-وخشونت-درلیگ-برتر-دوره-18-خلیج-فارس, (Iran)

Hamid Reza Zirak Didar, Special Report - Sardarjangal Stadium in Rasht; a glorious or bony structure?, (Iran)

James M Dorsey, Parallels between Turkish soccer and general elections could prove uncanny,   Middeast Soccer (Singapore)

Kazuyuki Yamaguchi, Le Journal Sportive, (Japan)

Ma Dexing, The Years of Elite Youth Football I Have Experienced,   Dexingshe-official (China)

Yin Ma, Exclusive Interview! The More Splendid, the More Silent. Zhu Ting: With Such Fames, Keep it Better,   We Love Volley (China)

Yin Ma, Exclusive! A Wechat log between two legendary women, Lang Ping and Li Yan, highlighting their resiliance,   We Love Volley (China)

Yujia Dou, The story behind Su Bingtian, the fastest man of Asia,   Track & Field Camp (China)



Adek Berry, Unified Korea Hand-In-Hand For The Victory And Sing Arirang To Celebrate,   Agence France-Presse (Indonesia)

Amin Mohammad Jamali, Sport, competition with love, trust and faith,   Gettyimages (Iran)

Ashok Nath Dey, Age - old competetition in an ageless river.,   Sports Star (India)

Faihan Ghani, AG2018 Moments,   The Star (Malaysia)

Jeong Heon Song, North Korean cheering squad at PyeongChang Olympics,   Sports Chosun, (Korea Republic)

Kunal Patil, Ahead of World Disability Day, Mumbai’s heroes claim the city.,   Ht Media LTD. (India)

Maryam Majd, Three Sisters Who Beat the Odds,   IPA (Iran's International Photo Agency) (Iran)

Naeem Ahmadi, Women's sport .ورزش بانوان,   Iran Internationl Photo Agency ,آژانس عکس ایران (Iran)

Scott Barbour, The 2018 Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam Tournament,   Scott Barbour/Getty Images (Australia)

Xu Liu, Young gymnasts,   Xinhua news agency (China)



Akl Yazbeck, Fall seven times stand up eight,   Akl Yazbeck (Lebanon)

Atul Kamble, Cricket,   Mid-day (India)

David Gray, Leeping Lyon,  Reuters News Agency (Australia)

Iori Sagisawa, Butterfly,   Kyodo News (Japan)

Linlin Li, A hard blow, (China)

Peiquan Wei, SUV, (China)

Peksi Cahyo Priambodo, Blow My Face, (Indonesia)

Scotty Barbour, Rhythmic Gymnastics,   Scotty Barbour (New Zealand)

Sung-Ho Yoon, I didn't catch a hair',   Kukmin Daily (Korea Republic)

Yichin Hou, Bow for playoff,   TSNA (Chinese Taipei)



Ayman Darwish, 90 minutes,   Alkass TV (Qatar)

Baraah El Hasan, Interview with Munir Al Muhamadi,   Extra Sport (the sports department of AlWatan Newspaper - Bahrain) (Lebanon)

Indira Bektenova, The Olympic bronze medal of Yulia Galysheva,   QAZSPORT TV channel (Kazakhstan)

Ji Liu, 亚运访谈丨跳水女子双人10米台冠军张家齐/掌敏洁做客新体育网, (China)

Mouldi Jemei, Our Guest: Pierre Daniel,   Dhayfna_Challenge (Qatar)

Mouldi Jemei, Our guest: Jumping Team Qatar,   Alkass (Dhayfna Equestrian) (Qatar)

Saber Perzad, Mona Amini, Afghanistan Women's National Team,   TOLOnews (Afghanistan)

Shokoofehsadat Mousavi, (Standing Steadfast) از پا نیفتاده,   IRNA TV (Iran)

Song Yang, 亚运访谈丨亚洲“百米飞人”苏炳添做客新体育网亚运访谈, (China)

Tarrek Boussaha, Diego Maradona makes dream come true for double amputee boy,   SNTV/AP (United Arab Emirates)

You Wu, For Three,   Tencent Sports (China)

Zabihullah Shahzaad, Afghan Para Athlete hopes to participate at the Olympic stage,   Afghanistan Sport Journalists National Federation (Afghanistan)



Adel Ferdowsipour, A blind football lover,   90 TV (Iran)

Altanchimeg Altankhuyag, Future Olympic Champions,   Arkhangai (Mongolia)

Dan Goldberg, The Haka,   Mint Pictures (Australia)

Firooz Mashoof, Remember The Fly,   Faryad Tv (Afghanistan)

Hang Zhao, How do Iceland people train their children to play football,   Tencent Sports (China)

He Zhu, The Football Roadmap,   CCTV SPORTS ,  CCTV International Network Co. Ltd, Beijing SDT Media Co. Ltd (China)

João Filipe Rodrigues, Al Merzab 2018,   Alkass (Qatar)

João Filipe Rodrigues, Alkass U17 2017,   Alkass Sports Channel (Qatar)

Nan Shen, Ten Years on, Beijing 2008 has been delivering positive legacy,   Xinhua News Agency (China)

Shaolin Qin, Reveal the unknown story behind the legend of NBA superstar Curry,  Tencent (China)



Azadeh Pirakouh, World Cup cause to good feeling on children labour / football fever in brick-making furnaces,   iranvarzeshi newspaper (Iran)

Bharat Sundaresan, Patrick Patterson- The Story of The Unquiet Mind,   The Indian Express (India)

Malak Hasan, Cycling Palestine Exploring Like Never Before,   This Week in Palestine (Palestine)

Mufeed Rizvi, The Gangster Who Ran The Distance,   Ahmedabad Mirror (India)

Paul Radley, From Afghanistan to Dubai via Scotland - cricket at the centre of Habib Ghazi's asylum-seeking journ,   The National (United Arab Emirates)

Paul Radley, Special report: the stars of street cricket,   The National (United Arab Emirates)

Shail Desai, Football finds its post again in Kashmir,   Mint (India)

Susan Ninan, India's rugby revolution,   ESPN (India)

Vishnu Prasad, Shining Stars in the Heart of Darkness,   The New Indian Express (India)

Yiwei Wang, Exclusive: How Viktor Ahn missed out on his chance for redemption in PyeongChang),   Tencent (China)



Adarsha Dhakal, The Ignominy of Defeat,   The Kathmandu Post (Nepal)

Akarsh Sharma, Indian football's age of deceit,   Livemint (India)

Behnaz Mirmotaharian, Women in "Azadi",   Iran Varzeshi (Iran)

James M Dorsey, Trouble in Paradise: Can Qatar Overcome the Diplomatic Crisis?,   Revista Critica de Ceincias Sociaies / The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer / Dehai News (Singapore)

Koh Jinhyoun, 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the spirit of Ekecheiria,   The Daily Sports Seoul (Korea Republic)

Leslie Xavier, FIFA World Cup: The Life in Sudden Death, (India)

Li Che, 大人物】李琰:不看牌面 把自己的牌打到最好,,   Tencent (China)

Malak Hasan, Women’s Sports: Major Challenges and Two Key Solutions,   This Week in Palestine (Palestine)

Michael Teguh Adiputra Siahaan, Football is dreaming, refer to Germany,   Lembaga Kantor Berita Nasional Antara (Indonesia)

Priyansh, FIFA World Cup: Croatia Team Represents the Rot in Its Society as Much as Football Excellence,   The Wire (India)


* The number of submissions for the continent prevented us from compiling a full Top 10

** More than ten submissions have received an equal number of votes and have been included in the continent's Top Ten


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