LONDON, August 10, 2017 - During the 16th
World Championships in London, AIPS and and IAAF honored over 50 colleagues who
have dedicated their careers to the coverage of the world athletics. All those
who have covered 10 or more World Championships were recognized during a
special ceremony at Casa Atletica Italiana, the house of Italian Athletics on Thursday.
Along with IAAF President Sebastian Coe and AIPS President Gianni Merlo, guests of honor at the event, attended by over 100 members of the media, were IOC member Austin Sealy from Barbados and President of African Athletics Hamad Kalkaba Malboum.
Ten journalists who were present at the first IAAF World Championships in 1983 in Helsinki were also present at the event and where given special recognition for having covered all 16 editions of the global summit of athletics.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe highlighted the importance of storytelling in the sport as he delivered diplomas to those who have covered all 16 Championships. “For our events we need advertisers, brands and companies, but journalists are the most loyal sponsors of all. I know no one else but you who helped us grow our sport. You are the witnesses of our sport, and the reason we are one of the greatest.”
“You are the ones who, from the very beginning have created space for our sport in your newspapers, you fight for our sport and you want to engage with audience on the importance of athletics all the time, not just during a major event,” the IAAF President said.
Investing in youth
In his opening speech, AIPS President Gianni Merlo, insisted on the importance of honoring the work of journalists and investing in the youth of the profession. IAAF and AIPS had brought four Young Reporters from four continents to the World Championships in London. “Now we need to prepare the Young Reporters so they know how to be on a top level, and this is the only way they will do it, we are giving an opportunity so they can have experience in a top event as the IAAF Championships”.
Sebastian Coe, who had arranged a one-on-one meeting with the Young Reporters earlier that day highlighted the bridge that young journalists represent with the public. “Our sport has a big following and a massive appetite and we need to deliver stories and narratives, and that's where young journalists are going to help us, creating the bridgehead with the young athletes and the new fans coming to the sport”.
The essence of storytelling
Both presidents agreed that the growth of athletics owes much to the media, and depends on it even more in the future. New generations need to continue the path of older ones, by humanizing the sport, looking for stories that let people feel the emotion within it. “The new generations need to continue the path, in the old times we were looking to write about stories, not only marks and results, now the channels to inform have changed but not the essence of the story, Gianni Merlo said.
After the ceremony the awarded journalists and the guests were invited to enjoy a Pasta Party, where internationally-renowned Italian chef Gianfranco Vissani designed a special menu for the guests.
Below is the full list of journalists who have covered 10 or more World Championships:
|Franco Fava||Corriere dello Sport||Italy||16|
|Giuliano Bevilacqua||Photographer, The World of Sports||Italy||16|
|George Herringshaw||Sporting Heroes||Great Britain||16|
|Olaf Brokmann||Kronen Zeitung, Germany||Austria||16|
|Claus Andersen||Athletics Magazine/Athletics Canada||Canada||16|
|Elliott Denman||Asbury Park Press||USA||16|
|Nikolay Ivanov||Lekaya Atletika/Mir Novostey||Russia||16|
|Gianni Merlo||La Gazzetta dello Sport||Italy||16|
|Gladys Chai von der Laage||ASVOM Agency||Germany||16|
|José Luis López||Cadena SER||Spain||15|
|Philippe Vande||Le Soir||Belgium||15|
|Fred Baer||USA Today||USA||15|
|Jean-Pierre Durand||JPD Photosport||France||15|
|Alfons Juck||Slovak Television - RTVS||Slovakia||14|
|Giancarlo Colombo||Photographer, Omega,||Italy||14|
|Alexandre Lachat||Le Quotidien Jurassien||Switzerland||14|
|Lars Lystad||NRK TV||Norway||14|
|Carlo Santi||Il Tempo||Italy||14|
|John Bagratuni||Deutsche Presse-Agentur -DPA||Germany||13|
|Andreas Schirmer||Deutsche Presse-Agentur -DPA||Germany||13|
|Ambrogio Sala||Corriere del Ticino||Switzerland||13|
|Zoran Mihajlov||Macedonian Radio Television - MRT||Macedonia||13|
|José Antonio Miguelez||TEMP SPORT MIGUELEZ||Spain||13|
|Paul Merca||Northwest Runner||USA||13|
|Jens Jörg Rieck||ARD-Radio||Germany||13|
|Duncan Mackay||insidethegames||Great Britain||12|
|Klaus-Dieter Kullmann||Die Rheinpfalz||Germany||12|
|Ulrike John||Deutsche Presse-Agentur -DPA||Germany||12|
|Iris Hensel||Iris Hensel Fotografie||Germany||12|
|Giorgo Cimbrico||Il Secolo XIX||Italy||12|
|Rifaat El Nagar||Egypt||12|
|Kris Meertens||Belgian Television (BEVRT)||Belgium||12|
|Vladimir Drbohlav||Ceska Televize||Czech Republic||11|
|Michal Dusik||Ceska Televize||Czech Republic||11|
|Kwame Laurence||Trinidad Express||Trinidad and Tobago||11|
|Brent Stubbs||The Tribune||The Bahamas||11|
|Uri Goldbourt||Olam Haritza Magazine||Israel||11|
|Steve Smythe||Athletics Weekly||USA||11|
|Alexander Hassenstein||Getty Images||Germany||11|
|Kirby Lee||Image of Sport||USA||11|
|Marc Willems||Belgian Television (BEVRT)||Belgium||11|
|Georgi Banov||24 chasa||Bulgaria||10|
|Phil Minshull||Spain Sports Services, Spain||Great Britain||10|
|Carlos Arribas||El País||Spain||10|
|Emanuela Audisio||La Repubblica||Italy||10|
|Joze Zidar||Slovenian Press Agency STA||Slovenia||10|