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April 28, 2014
Argentine sports journalism say goodbye to a pioneer

José María Bertosi. Photo courtesy/Newspaper "El Norte"
by Cristian Torino, International Delegate Argentina Sports Journalists Federation (FAPED)

BUENOS AIRES, August 28, 2014 - The Argentinian Federation of Sports Journalists (FAPED) and Circle of Sports Journalists of St. Nicholas just suffered the loss of one of its historical leaders. On Tuesday, August 26, at 79 years old, died José María Bertosi.

Bertosi was the second president in the history of FAPED after José López Pájaro. At that time, he had the difficult task of leading the Argentina Federation of Sports Journalists in times when was going through a serious institutional crisis. He even moved the headquarters of the Federation to the city of San Nicolás where he managed to regularize the economic and legal situation that complicated the institutional life of the highest body of the Argentine sports journalism.

José María was born on February 10, 1935 in St. Nicholas, the city of his death. Son of Casilda Francisca Delmas and Carlos Augusto, husband of Nelida Machado and father of two children: Carlos and José Luís.

In the 50´s he started working as a sports journalist in newspaper "El Norte", where he became head of the sports section for several decades until 1999. He was also public auctioneer and founder of the radio program "Voice of the sport" in the beginning of the LT24 radio. There, with the estimated and deceased publicist Arnoldo Torresi led the historic radio show that still emits radio San Nicolas.

He was president of the Circle of Sports Journalists of St. Nicholas, in which had its beginnings in the management and leadership, which led him to be recognized by colleagues throughout the country.

Very linked to politics, José María Bertosi held various party positions. He was a councilor at various periods and served as Secretary of Government of the Municipality of San Nicolás from 1999 until late 2003.

Despite having physically gone, his name will continue in memory of all the sports journalists of San Nicolás, Argentina and the Americas. Even have already started the tributes to his memory. One will be on delivering awards most important of the north of province Buenos Aires and southern Santa Fe, which this year will be called with honors: PLUMI 2014 "JOSÉ MARÍA BERTOSI".

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