The Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa is hosting a four-day long regional conference aimed at focusing on the peace and safety of journalists operating in the war-devastated Somalia which is recognized as one of the most dangerous places for media workers in the world. The conference which is the first ever of its kind was jointly organized by the Inter governmental Authority and development (IGAD) and the East African Journalists Association (EAJA). The conference assembled dozens of Somali journalists from the south-central Somalia regions, the breakaway northern region of Somaliland and expatriate Somali journalists based in Europe.
European Sports Journalists found themselves face to face with a chess Grand master when they visited Belgrade. Professor Alesa Maric has swapped plotting success on the chessboard to leading the Serbian ministry for Sports and Youth. “It is very important that politicians have better contact with sports journalists,” said AIPS President Gianni Merlo who joined the UEPS/AIPS Europe executive committee for a special reception at the Palace of the Republic, a building which has been at the centre of public life in Serbia for over 60 years.
“The job of reporting sport has become very different,” Said Merlo.
The president of Somali Handball Federation Mr. Mohamed Hurshe Hassan popularly known as Eenow has won to lead the federation for another four year-term unopposed, election committee chairman Hajji Mohamed Ahmed Olow announced at a press conference at the Shamow hotel in Mogadishu after election over the weekend. “I kindly thank you the stakeholders for giving me their votes to help me retain in my position as president of Somali handball federation—your unanimous vote is truly giving me a huge encouragement and here in front of you I pledge that I will redouble my efforts and struggle to help Somali handball get on the top of our zone five region and in the whole Africa continent” the re-elected President Mr. Mohamed Hurshe Hassan told a post election press conference.
The Haringey-based Lordship Rec FC has shown a wonder at the London Children’s football tournament after its U-12 Somali children won the Enfield council-organised football competition which gathered nearly hundred children’s football teams from across London and surrounding areas, while Lordship Rec FC’s U-11 children were eliminated in the semi-final, although they were recognised as the best team in their event.
More than 25 elite football referees in Djibouti are participating at a high level training course organized by the Djibouti Football federation under the auspice of the International football Federation FIFA whose instructors are conducting the five-day course which is taking place at the National technical centre.
A high profile delegation of four strong development officers from the world football governing body FIFA has concluded a five-day long assessment trip to the horn of African football growing nation of Djibouti declaring their satisfaction with the tangible football progress and commitment of FDF authorities.
During the historical visit, the strong FIFA delegation held meetings with Djibouti Football Federation officials, key government ministers, sports media and club authorities.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) the world’s Sports-governing body has held successful meetings with Indian Sports Minister and representatives of National Federations/members of suspended Indian Olympic Association in a bid to end the IOC suspension of the Indian Olympic committee imposed in December 2012, because of the continued governmental interference in local Indian sport
There has been a colourful conclusion ceremony to the high level professional sports medicine workshop which has been under way at the Sahafi International Hotel in Mogadishu between 8-9 May 2013 with at least 45 medical volunteers including six women benefitting from the Somali Football Federation organized professional sports medicine workshop.
Somali Football has on Wednesday launched a two-day sports medicine workshop for medical university students, hospital nurses and volunteers from Somali Red Crescent society in a bid to increase the quality and quantity of its own professional sports medicine volunteers across the football growing country. Somali Football Federation Secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab who addressed at Wednesday’s opening ceremony of the sports medicine workshop noted that the event was the most professional ever held by his federation and was intended to strengthen the role of sports medicine volunteers and increase the number of sports medical staff who will be confined only to the field of football.
After all the twisting of smoke and mirrors and accusations and counter-accusations, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain was elected decisively as new president of the tormented Asian Football Confederation. Salman shrugged off controversies over his human rights record and the overt support of Asian Olympic leader Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, to win on the first round of voting.