Hong Kong 10 April ,2019:The 2nd International Young Sports Reporters Training Camp organized by Hong Kong Sports Press Association ended with fireworks blazing after Fiji raised their trophy of HK Rugby Sevens in 5 consecutive years at the Hong Kong Stadium. 41 YSRs from 14 countries and regions were in tears of joy when receiving certificates of completion handed out by Mr. Kenneth FOK, the President of HKSPA and Mr. Amjad Aziz Malik, the Secretary General of AIPS Asia. They will start pursuing their sports media career with ‘passion, vision and determination’ after this fruitful 9-day training program and packed home with friendships from around the world.
The new comers of this year’s YSR program were from Argentina and Japan, with 1 Argentinian and 3 Japanese ladies. Franco Fernandez of Argentina has participated the IOC YSR Training Camp during the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires last year. He said that soccer is the major sport in Argentina, the training camp organized by HKSPA exposed him to various sports like rugby, golf, cricket and lacrosse which has widen and enhanced his knowledge and will definitely be beneficial to his career. Mr. Raymond CHIU, principal mentor of the 2nd International Young Sports Reporters Training Camp said, ‘The sports training sessions, especially rugby, give our YSRs including Franco the basic knowledge of the game before they cover the prestigious international rugby event in the territories.’HKSPA has invited Mr. Hiroshi Takeuchi, committee member of AIPS and the media liaison official of IOC and FIFA to share his precious experience of covering 10 Olympics with the YSRs who are looking forward to cover their first Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. Mr. Hiroshi praised the work and assignments done by the YSRs. He said, ‘The YSRs were professional and this program definitely has helped build their career path. I wish the program great success in the future.’Mr. Raymond CHIU disclosed the theme of next year’s YSR training camp will be ‘passing on’ and ‘life on life’. Previous YSR members who are now pursuing their profession in the media industry will be the mentors to share their experience to the new YSRs.The 2nd International Young Sports Reporters Training Camp was sponsored by Macau Fok Ying Tung Foundation and supported by Hong Kong Disneyland, Canon, Hong Kong Sports Institute, Hong Kong Rugby Union, Cricket Hong Kong, Hong Kong Lacrosse Association, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Elite Step Asia.