LAUSANNE, March 15, 2021 (Info / AIPS) – The amazing journey of the AIPS Sport Media Awards 2020 will culminate with a virtual ceremony to be staged in one of the symbolic places of Italian Renaissance, the magnificent Stables of Vigevano Castle, on Monday, March 22, at 7:30 pm CET. 

1. The Awards will be broadcast at 7:30 pm (CET) on:
· – simultaneous interpreting service in English, French, Spanish and Arabic
·  AIPS Media – YouTube
·  AIPS Media 1924 – Facebook
·  Al Kass Sports Channels

2The simultaneous interpreting service in English, French, Spanish and Arabic will be provided ONLY on Below the video of the live ceremony you will find the options to choose your favourite language.

3.The Awards show will last for one hour and ten minutes.  

A cinematic aerial shot of the Piazza Ducale will lead viewers to the unique stable-turned-stage for the third edition of the prestigious international accolade, which attracted a record 1871 submissions from all corners of the world between April and November 2020 in the following categories: Photography (Sport Action, Portfolio), Video (Athlete Profile, Documentary, Short Feature), Writing (Best Colour Piece, Best Column), Audio, Young Reporters (Broadcasting, Photography, Writing). 

The Stables in Vigevano Castle. (Photo by Getty Images)

HOSTS AIPS Secretary General Jura Ozmec and AIPS Executive Committee member Zsusza Czisztu, who are well-known faces of national television in the Croatia and Hungary respectively, will connect from studios in Zagreb and Budapest as hosts of the ceremony, while AIPS president Gianni Merlo will be the host in Vigevano, his hometown.

LIVE BROADCAST The event will be broadcast live on the AIPS Media website – with simultaneous translation in four languages ​​(English, French, Spanish, Arabic), the AIPS Media Youtube channel, the AIPS Media 1924 Facebook page and on Al Kass Sport Channels TV channel,.  

PRIZES The eight senior categories in Photography (Action, Portfolio), Writing (Best Column, Best Colour Piece), Audio and Video (Short Feature, Athlete Profile, Documentary) offer a total sum of 104,000 US Dollars (US$, 8,000 per winner, US$, 3,000 for the second-placed and US$ 2,000 for the third-placed).

The Young Reporter Under 30 categories (Broadcasting, Photography and Writing) will reward three journalists with a scholarship to an international sporting event. 

SPECIAL AWARDS Among the novelties of this particular edition, special awards will be presented to those who have been able to better interpret the difficulties of sport during the pandemic across all the categories. This is in addition to the special awards that recognise Investigative Reporting and A Life in Sport. Born on March 19, 1920, Colombian sports journalist Chelo De Castro, who is still active in sports journalism till date, will be honoured with the A Life in Sport award.

The names of all the finalists:


AIPS is proud to announce the AIPS Sport Media Awards 2020 Writing Best Column Top 10 in alphabetical order of country. Find out more about the voting stages here.

L’AIPS est heureux de vous annoncer la liste des 10 premiers nominés dans la catégorie meilleure Chronique écrite dans l’ordre alphabétique des pays. Veuillez trouver plus d’informations sur les étapes du vote ICI.

AIPS se complace en anunciar los 10 mejores en Prensa Escrita Mejor Columna, en orden alfabético por país. Más información sobre las etapas de votación acá.


Emanuela Audisio (Italy), Alex Zanardi: The Superman of the Via Emilia who forced pity to turn away – La Repubblica

Petz Lahure (Luxembourg), The attempted rescue of Tokyo 2020, Tageblatt

Avineshwaran Taharumalengam (Malaysia), Kick out the racists in football – The Star Media Group

Loanny Picado (Nicaragua), Playing with death among a pandemic – La Lupa

Andreea Giuclea (Romania), How do we reconcile the legend of Kobe Bryant with sexual abuse allegations –

Alexey Avdokhin (Russia), Now the world is sure that Russian sport is a complete fraud. And this is true –

Daniel Gallan (South Africa), South Africa World Cup win is a beacon of hope but it doesn’t change problems that still grip a nation – London Evening Standard

Enrique Ballester (Spain), The home football pitch – El Periódico de Catalunya

Dina Asher-Smith (UK), Think racism hasn’t affected me? It’s there almost every day – The Telegraph, Women’s Sport Monthly

Jason Burt (UK), Rashford’s intelligent activism puts society and Government to shame – The Daily Telegraph

Andrew Downie (UK), Pelé at 80: A true great battling for due supremacy in the era of Lionel Messi – The Times

Eddie Comeaux (USA), Five ways to advance racial justice in college sports – Forbes

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