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March 25, 2008
AIPS Executive Committee meets in Istanbul

The AIPS Executive Committee gathered for a group photograph together with Turkish Sports Minister, Mr Murat Basesgioglu (4th from left), AIPS President Gianni Merlo (centre) and Turkish NOC President and AIPS Honorary President Mr Togay Bayatlŭ (on Merlo’s left). In the second row behind AIPS First Vice President Carlos Garcia (in red tie) is Mr Mehmet Atalay, Director General of Youth and Sports. Others present were AIPS Vice President Mr Faisal Al- Qanai, AIPS EC Member Emanuel Fantaneanu, AIPS Vice President Nickolai Dogopolov, Turkish Sportswriters Association President and Interim AIPS Secretary General Esat Yilmaer, AIPS Vice President Yannis Theodorakopolous, AIPS Area Representative and UEPS President Jerzy Jakobsche, AIPS EC Member Mr Yaoming Gu, AIPS EC Member Mitchell Obi, AIPS Vice President Manouchehr Zandi, AIPS Area Representative Kap Chul Park, AIPS EC Member Hans-Joachim Zwingmann, AIPS Area Representative Prof Hugo Lencina, AIPS Vice President Laima Janusonyte, and Elisa Chiapparini from the AIPS Secretariat. Photo/TSYD

By Murat Agca

Turkish Sports Writers Associaton (TSYD) International Affairs Secretary

ISTANBUL, March 25, 2008 – The AIPS Executive Committee’s recent two day meeting in Istanbul has started with an elite attendance from sports governing body representatives of Turkey.

The opening speeches were made by Minister of Sport Mr Murat Basesgioglu and Director General of Youth and Sport Mr.Mehmet Atalay. AIPS Honorary President Mr Togay Bayatli was also among the distinguished guests of the opening ceremony.

Mr Basesgioglu’s address, which started with a very warm welcome, focussed mostly on the importance and the power of the sports press in establishing new horizons for youngsters. He pointed out that sport journalists have much more effect on their readers rather than other journalists working with various topics such as politics and economics. Mr Basesgioglu also said that Turkey’s goverment is proud of what the Turkish Sports Writers Associaton (TSYD) is doing for sports journalism in the country and its effective international success.

AIPS Interim Vice President and Turkish Sports Writers Association President Mr Esat Yılmaer did a wonderful job in making everything perfect as host for the successful board meeting, with the cooperation of TSYD and UEPS Board Member Mr Murat Agca.

As it was the first EC meeting of 2008, the AIPS top directors discussed major topics during the two day meeting which took place in the Swiss Hotel Bosphorus.

Below: AIPS President Gianni Merlo presents an AIPS plaque to Turkey's Minister of Sport Mr Murat Basesgioglu.

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