(26/06/2020 – Info sportspress.lu / AIPS) In a moment of extreme uncertainty in the world

of sport the International Sport Press Associations (AIPS) aims at unifying the

global sport media industry to celebrate its origins and its values: culture and


AIPS was founded in Paris on July 2, just before Opening Ceremony of the

1924 Olympic Games. This was the occasion where the idea of connecting and

unifying sports journalists became reality through the creation of an

international association committed to defend their ethical interests and

working conditions. Even Baron Pierre De Coubertin, who was writing on

several newsparers at that time, became member of the association.

“We believe that gathering to face an unprecedented moment of our history

will be a turning point for our profession: discussing problems and solutions

with the major sport press representatives from five continents could inspire

each of us to protect our profession and independence and to improve our

working conditions – said AIPS President Gianni Merlo – We invite all the

AIPS Nationals Associations and all the professionals in the sport media

industry to participate in this very special occasion”.

*The event will be broadcasted live on AIPS Media 1924 Facebook Page and

AIPS Media Youtube Channel.

Draft schedule

2,00 PM CET Official AIPS e-Conference Opening

Welcome speech – Gianni Merlo, Italy – AIPS President

Message from Thomas Bach, Germany – IOC President

Racism in sport – Evelyn Watta, Kenya – AIPS Vice President

Moderator – Jura Ozmec, Croatia – AIPS Secretary General



Badreddine Drissi Lahsini, Morocco – Editor in Chief Almountakhab

Kwabena Yeboah, Ghana – Editor in Chief Africa Sports


Christine Brennan, US – Sports Columnists USA Today

Carlos Ponce, Mexico – Editor in Chief Récord


Sandeep Dwivedi, India – National Sports Editor The Indian Express

Shinsuke Kobayashi, Japan – Tokyo Games 2020 Deputy Managing

Director of Olympic and Paralympic News Office Kyodo News


Stefano Barigelli, Italy – Editor in Chief La Gazzetta dello Sport

Jérôme Cazadieu, France – Editor in Chief L’Equipe

Juan Ignacio Gallardo, Spain – Editor in Chief Marca


Tracey Holmes, Australia – Tracey Holmes Senior Reporter ABC News

3,00 PM CET Break

3,10 PM CET Open discussion

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