Six young Gambian sportsjournalists have been nominated for the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) sports media awards to be held in February 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. The six are John Mendy, Omar Jarju, Sulayman Bah, Baboucar Sey, Lamin Del Fadera and Alieu Ceesay.
AIPS is the peak professional body representing the international sports media, with more than 9,500 members worldwide.
This is the second edition of the awards and according to the organisers, a total of 1746 submissions were received globally, 37% more than in the opening edition of the Awards and 48% of the entrants had not participated in the opening edition.
Musa Sise, president of the Sports Journalists’ Association of the Gambia, SJAG, said he is personally delighted that Gambians sports journalism has got recognition even at this stage.”It shows our members have proven themselves.Last year we had only two nominees and this year we have six. Even at this stage we have made some achievement. I am hoping that they will go far,” he said.