The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Sports Journalist Day on Thursday, which this year was celebrated with the first ever International Sports Press Association World e-Conference.
Journalists from across the globe converged via the Zoom platform to celebrate the day amid challenges for sports journalists brought by the coronavirus, which has seen sporting activity halted globally. This year, World Sports Journalists Day marked 96 years since the formation of AIPS, which represents journalists across from across the globe.
Sports scribes from across the globe got to share experiences, thoughts for the present and the future as they sought to create opportunities during the Covid-19 crisis.
A prestigious group of panelists from all continents shared significant perspectives concerning the challenges that the sports media culture is called to face in this time of change.
AIPS vice president, Evelyn Watta of Kenya addressed the audience with a speech regarding racism in sport. Badreddine Drissi Lahsini from Morocco and Ghanaian Kwabena Yeboah were the other African journalists who took to the stage.
Thomas Bach the International Olympic Committee delivered a warm greeting to sport journalists around the globe with this message “We need the Olympic values more than ever to overcome this crisis.”