The history of AIPS – 1924 -2011
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The International Sports Press Association, AIPS marked yet another milestone in its history with the release of the second edition of a special book “The History of AIPS 1924-2011” that chronicles the path of the 87-year old association.
The 256-page book captures the key milestones of the association- that sets to reinforce the union and friendship among sports scribes-in a lively recollection of key events like the first ever congress held way back during the Olympic games in Paris 1924 to-date.
What sets this publication, which was authored by AIPS Honorary member José María Lorente, is the large collection of memorable photos, some never published before, that captures the associations’ history through the eyes of its members.
AIPS President Gianni Merlo who oversaw the production and publication of the book compiled by Spanish Lorente – a long time serving member of the board, termed it a significant realization for the Association.
“This special publication preserves the AIPS history as well as showcases just how influential and innovative the association has been over the years by establishing close ties with the federations and championing better working conditions for media.”
From Paris to Seoul, to the the small city of Milano Marittima, where some of the delegates went missing after being confused with the fashion capital of Milan, to the congress in the populous DRC capital of Kinshasa, Lorente recounts the memoires of the AIPS.
“The good relations between the AIPS and the IOC and the FIFA are reflected in the trips made by the members of the Bureau to Innsbruck and Chile to inspect the press facilities for the Winter Olympics as well as the World Cup. In 1963, a delegation from the AIPS also went to Tokyo for the same purpose. The AIPS has indeed been taken into account at every high levels of sport.”
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