World Sports Journalists Day

World Sports Journalist Day is celebrated on 2nd July every year. This day acknowledges the work done by sports journalists around the world and motivates them to keep working more efficiently and with full commitment. They report the latest information at the earliest, from every important sports event. Hence, it is these journalists who are contributing to develop and strengthen sporting culture all around the world.

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Facts About World Sports Journalists Day for UPSC exam

Read the below-mentioned facts about World Sports Journalists Day, and aid your IAS Exam preparation along with other competitive exams’ preparation. 

Observed on 2 July
Established by International Sports and Press Association(AIPS), in 1994
AIPS  It stands for Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive, but commonly known as International Sports and Press Association.
Founded on July 2, 1924; during the Summer Olympics held in Paris.

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What is Sports Journalism?

  • Sports Journalism a category of journalism in which the reporting is dedicated to any sporting topic. 
  • This section of the news is an essential section of any media organisation.
  • Huge local and national associations of journalists are involved with sports news to maintain a high standard of sports journalism.

The Significance of World Sports Journalists Day

  • To celebrate and mark the services of Sports Journalists for the promotion of sports.
  • To encourage sports journalists to strive for excellence in their work and to set an example to the world – not only to the world of sport, but to the world at large.
  • This day also glorifies the achievement of the various sports media persons.
  • The day is used by professionals to popularise Sports as a medium for world peace. 

History of World Sports Journalist Day

  • The day was established in 1994 to mark the 70th anniversary of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS).
  • Sports journalism began in the early 1800s as an important part of the elite class.
  • Later with transition in time it became popular in the news business with a dedicated sports column.
  • Sports Journalism also gained popularity in the middle and lower classes, which led to more content coverage in publications.

About International Sports and Press Association (AIPS)

  • AIPS was founded on July 2, 1924, during the Summer Olympics which was held in Paris, France.
  • AIPS represents the international sports media consisting of 161 members from across Africa, America, Asia and Europe.
  • Headquarters of AIPS- Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • It comprises many national associations and continental sub-associations.

World Sports Journalists Day Celebration

  • To mark and celebrate this day the sports associations worldwide organize various programs,
  • World Sports Journalists Day celebrates different kinds of achievements of various sports media members.
  • Popular athletes also use this day to tweet about and show their gratitude towards their favourite sports journalist.

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