The Asian Sports Press Union (AIPS Asia) created sporting history when they announced the introduction of the prestigious ‘Awards for Asia’ at their 21st edition of Congress in Saudi Arabia, yesterday.
The ‘Awards for Asia’ will be the perfect stage to recognise and celebrate the tremendous efforts of Asian athletes at the highest level of world sports.
The decision to introduce the annual Awards was unanimous from delegates representing countries at the close of the Congress. It was a perfect end to a fruitful gathering jointly organised with the Saudi Sports Media Federation (SSMF).
The first edition of ‘Awards for Asia’ is expected to be held in the first quarter of 2019 with Malaysia being given the honour of hosting the inaugural edition of the event.
The ‘Awards for Asia’ will honour Asia’s best in several categories, namely ‘Athlete of The Year’, ‘Asian Team of The Year’ besides several other awards, including recognition for achievements in the sports journalism in the region.
AIPS Asia President, Sattam Al-Saheli, welcomed the ‘Awards for Asia’ and described it as the best platform to solidify AIPS Asia’s status as among the main stakeholders in Asian sports.
“The Awards will be the most meaningful recognition an athlete could receive, especially as it comes from sports journalists who have reported and documented the athletes’ journey towards sporting excellence,” said Sattam.
Sattam also announced that that AIPS Asia Vice-President, Ahmad Khawari Isa, who is the chairman of the Awards Committee, will oversee the awards aprogramme.
AIPS Asia will also induct Asian sporting legends into newly created ‘Hall of Fame’ as part of the ‘Awards for Asia’ program to ensure a proper archive of former Asian greats.