As the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) grants Port Harcourt the right to host it’s meeting in October 2020, The President, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo, says the feat is historic, not just for the country but for the continent.
At its 83rd Congress in Budapest, Hungary, AIPS approved Port Harcourt to host its next Executive Committee.
The AIPS-Africa Congress consisting of National Sports Journalists Association across the African Continent will also hold in Port Harcourt at the same time.
The AIPS Global Executive Committee meeting is expected to deliberate on ways of strengthening the over 200 membership Association which includes Nigeria; and alongside the AIPS Media Awards Jury to decide on the status of entries for the 2021 AIPS Sport Media Awards.
Sirawoo, who has consistently insisted that AIPS should consider Africa, particularly Nigeria for some of its programmes, commended the world President, Gianni Merlo and African President, Mitchell Obi for the choice of Port Harcourt.
Sirawoo commened the African Power of Sports (POS) and Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, whose investments in Sports and Sports Journalism have attracted world attention to Nigeria and Rivers State in particular.
“It is also a recognition of Governor Nyesom Wike’s genuine efforts to promote sports and sports journalism in and outside Nigeria,” Sirawoo said.
“This is another historic occasion for not just Rivers State but Nigeria and indeed the entire African continent, he added.
Port Harcourt will be the second city in Africa to host the Executive Committee meeting of AIPS after Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2014, just as it will put Rivers as the first State in Nigeria to host a continental Congress since the African body changed from ASJU to AIPS-Africa.