Asian Sports Press Association AIPS ASIA Is the organization responsible for sports journalism in Asia, one of other associations that form altogether the International Sports Press Association AIPS.
AIPS ASIA is responsible for the development of sports journalism in the Member States in addition in creating an ideal environment for sports journalism that is fair, transparent and to be qualified to create future generations of journalists.
In December 1978, the ASIA appeared officially through the 8th Asian Games hosted by the Kingdom of Thailand (from 9 to 20 December, 1978) and after the initiative of Martyr Sheikh Fahad Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, (he was the Asian Football Confederation AFC, Kuwaiti Handball Association chairman, the president of the Kuwaiti Olympic committee and known for his support to the sport press and journalists).
It was through the first constitutive meeting, that the AIPS ASIA emerged in Bangkok on December 12, in which the Japanese Mia kao was elected as its first President and Zia Abdul Razak Hassan first vice president and Kuwaiti Mohsen Husseini, secretary-general of the association, and it was decided that the association headquarters would be in Kuwait. Upon the withdrew of the Japanese Mia Kao from his post, Mr. Husseini was selected president of the AIPS ASIA and Zia Hassan remained in his position as first vice president and the Kuwaiti Adnan Al Sayyed served as secretary general, that lasted until 1990.
Prior to the official announcement of the association in several years, the arena witnessed a number of positive and dynamic movements by several countries in which they adopted the strategy of searching for an identity with relevance to the organization being created, on bases that regional associations must be concerned with all issues related to the sports press and journalists, these movements were met with approval from some of sports leaders in the Asian continent’s. on the other hand, most of the gatherings and semi – official meetings of sports media that had been taking place, were not to live up to the regional organization representing, especially since there were a number of files that had been pending, most notably was the membership of the Zionist entity (Israel), which has been fiercely opposed by Arab countries and their unwillingness to be dealt with.
In the summer of 1924 when Japan organized the Olympics, and through the positive mobility carried out by Japanese sports journalist Tosa Kkioncheta who was a member of the Executive Office of the AIPS since its establishment in Paris July 1924, Japan encouraged Asian countries to join the family of the AIPS, taking advantage of the meetings of the General Assembly, a vigorous movement led by the Japanese Robert Mia kao aiming at creating an entity to the AIPS ASIA, but the support for such a move did not exceed five countries only India, South Korea, Indonesia, and Israel, thus Resulting in its failure.
Iraq and Kuwait have had a positive impact on supporting the trend for the establishment of an official gathering of sports journalism, in order to achieve Asian sports journalism goals, and when Baghdad embraced the Arab Youth and Sports Councils Ministers meetings in July 16, 1977, coincided with was a meeting held for the representatives of sports journalism, the so called the ‘Arab Association of Sports Press’ leaded by the Iraqi Zia Hassan, who was keen to move towards the foundation of the AIPS ASIA. Nevertheless Kuwait is considered one of the first countries that made an initiative to form a committee for sports journalism with the support and endorsement of the Martyr Sheikh Fahad Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah.
It was only through the 8th Asian Games, hosted by the Kingdom of Thailand during the period from 9 to 20 December, 1978, that there had been a breakthrough relevant to the events for the Arabs and Islamic countries upon the approval of the transfer of Israel’s membership to the European continent, and it was also in that year which witnessed the official birth of the Asian Sports Press Association “AIPS ASIA”.
Despite the official announcement of the association, the years following the establishment had rarely witnessed any events or activities consistent with the size of the continental association that embraced a large number of Asian countries, and actually most of the meetings of the general assembly and even the executive committee took place through the AIPS conferences. It was The State of Kuwait that endured the greater part of responsibility of the perpetuation of the association and its steadfastness and continuity, in which it adopted the hosting of many meetings and the organization of a number of courses, Kuwait continued to embrace the AIPS ASIA headquarters until 1990.
Then through the course of events witnessed by the Asian continent and the Arab region during the occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces, the headquarters was transferred to South Korea were a new executive committee was elected; the president Abdul Mohsen al-Husseini and vice president Zia Hassan were absent; Korean Park Shab Cole was elected as president of the ASIA and Faisal Qinai was selected as vice president, the Malaysian Giorgi Das served as secretary-general.
In 2006, a new executive committee was elected for AIPS ASIA, where Korean Park Cole remained president while the Saudi Mansour Khudairy was elected as vice president, in the same year the Executive committee held a meeting in Seoul, in which they recommended the need to develop young sports journalists capacities in the Asian continent through the establishment of their training courses, it also decided to support the establishment of a number of regional activities in the continent due to the gap distances, and assigned its members to follow up, and it also approved a award (Asia for Sports) in accordance with the project presented by Malaysia, a meeting was also held in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur during the month of July 2007 on the sidelines of the Asian Nations Cup, which Malaysia participated in organizing in partnership with three Asian countries. The Executive committee also welcomed the call of the State of Kuwait to host the 14th Conference of the AIPS ASIA in 2008. It also decided to celebrate during the conference on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of the association by honoring the founding members of AIPS ASIA.
At the end of November 2010 and during the Asian Games hosted by the Chinese city of Guangzhou, there were Proceedings of the 15th General Conference of the AIPS ASIA, which was attended by representatives of 24 countries that have had gathered for two days before reaching a majority decision stating the need to amend the statute of the association, it also had been approved to postpone the executive office elections that will expire in 2014, after the approval of the final version of the statutes, the Guangzhou meetings also witnessed heated arguments that illustrated to all the determination of the Arab Group, and it showed to what extent they were endorsed by other Asian countries such as Pakistan, Iran, India, China and Mongolia, in order to apply such amendments that would achieve the desired changes and eventually promote the AIPS ASIA, the Italian Gianni Merlo the president of the AIPS attended the Guangzhou meetings, in which the executive committee of ASIA unanimously decided to form a tripartite committee to conduct the necessary amendments to the Statute and to be discussed in the meeting yet to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland in January 2011, in order to adopt the finalized amendments to be presented in the next Congress meeting of the association, which was planned to be held in the Korean capital, Seoul in March 2011, to discuss and adopt the final version of the statute. In the same context the number of candidates for the elections did not exceed seven candidates, a number of inadequate and less of the required to form the executive committee in its new form.
The general assembly of the AIPS ASIA, witnessed during its meeting in the Swiss city of Lausanne in 2011, on the sidelines of its international congress the approval of the amendments to the statute, and then it was agreed upon to hold elections of the new executive office in the 16th conference hosted by Kuwait during the duration of the 23 until 26 November 2012, where previously to the conference high level coordination of positions among the members was consensus to achieve a greater proportion of attendance in the new board of directors.
In Kuwait, prior to the meeting it came as a surprise, the absence of president Park Cole Young from South Korea in which he sent a letter of apology that was announced during the first session, in which he wished the new board all success in the leadership of sports media in the continent. In fact the meetings of Kuwait witnessed intensive communications movements among the candidates for the different positions before they officially began, and it was agreed upon to approach the candidates that represent the Asian countries in which 26 attended to Kuwait, in order to reach a consensus voting to ensure that the interests of all which actually was achieved, indeed the elections that were attended by Gianni Merlo President of the AIPS, resulted in the victory of the Kuwaiti Faisal Qinai for the post of the president of the AIPS ASIA, succeeding the Southern Korean Park Cole Young who has been president for 20 consecutive years since the transfer of the presidency and the headquarters from Kuwait in 1990. The Qinai victory by acclamation came after the withdrawal of his rival Mongolian Aotojo Newsagan.
Also elections resulted in the victory of the Jean Zhang from China to the post of senior vice president ASIA, and for the position of vice chairman’s the elections resulted in choosing, Mansour Al-Khudairi from Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Al Malki from Qatar, Hun Kim from Korea, Amjad Aziz Malik from Pakistan and Neem Song from Macau. The Iranian Dr. Syed Hamid Ahmadi was selected to serve as secretary general, and at last but not least members of ASIA were elected namely, Khaled Jassem from Iraq, Abdullah Ibrahim from UAE, Hussein Alyan from Palestine, Ahmed Batmirh from Oman, Kazona Enama from Japan, Raymond Shaw from Hong Kong, Neringan from Nepal and Ji Lautem from Mongolia, the newly elected president of the AIPS ASIA also choose the Kazakhstan Nasib Justin for the post of adviser to the Office of the President.
One year after these elections the Pakistani city of Lahore hosted the 3rd executive office meetings of the ASIA, between 20 to 25 November 2013, in which this meeting was attended by First Vice President of AIPS the Turkish Aecat Wilmer, in which it was decided to form a number of committees namely, the planning and training committee, the marketing committee and the membership committee, Mr. Qinai then updated the committee members on the achievements in regard to provide an appropriate budget for the association. The proposal submitted by Mr. Qinai was also approved regarding the select of ‘12th of December’ of each year, to celebrate ‘the Day of Asian Sports Journalist’ in which all Asian sports journalists would be honored, the executive office also approved the proposal of establishing a annual competition among the sports camera men of the Asia, and the best three footages on the regional level would be awarded.
Previous to the meetings of Lahore and exactly between the 15 to 20 April 2013, during the meetings of the 76 general assembly of the AIPS in the Russian city of Sochi, the second meeting of the executive office of the AIPS ASIA was held prior to the general assembly; which is usually held in such events as a customary meeting; In Sochi were Lebanese Yousef Berjawi was elected as treasurer for the AIPS ASIA, which witnessed during its meetings high level coordinated and active movements in order to enhance the presence of Asia in the new executive office elections of the AIPS, which resulted thereafter in the unprecedented achievements of the Asian continent candidates results in these elections. Where the general assembly re-elected the Italian Gianni Merlo as President of the AIPS, and also witnessed the re-election of the Qatari Mohammed Al Maliki, for the position of vice president, and Abdullah Ibrahim from UAE and Moroccan Jalal Buserarh in the membership of the executive bureau, Kuwaiti Faisal Qinai was elected for the position of vice president for Asia in addition to the head of the Continental branch. South Korean city of Inchon hosted the 17th Conference of the ASIA during the period of the 8 to 11 August, 2014, with the participation of forty five representatives and officials of sports journalism in the Asian continent, representing twenty two Member State in the continent of Asia.
The closing ceremony witness the signing of the Convention on Kingdom of Bahrain hosting of the 18th general conference of the AIPS ASIA in 2016, which will witness the election of the president and the committees members upon their reconstruction.
Executive committee of the ASIA also appointed chairman of the Sports Media Association of Bahraini journalists, Mohammad Qasim, assistant secretary general to the ASIA, also the general assembly approved after agreeing unanimously at the request of Bahrain for Manama to host headquarters of the general secretariat, to act as a coordinator between the secretary general and the office of the presidency in Kuwait.
On October 19, 2014 the Bahraini capital Manama witnessed under the patronage of Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim The president of AFC, the general secretariat headquarters of the ASIA inauguration ceremony, president of the AFC considered the inauguration of the general secretariat of the AIPS ASIA as a promising starting point for the process of the association, and a strong impetus for its efforts aiming at improving the process of sports journalism in the continent in order to activate its vital roles through dynamic interaction with Asian sports aiming at highlighting different achievements.
In February of 2016 Kingdom of Bahrain hosted the 18th edition of the congress association, the general assembly of the AIPS ASIA unanimously agreed on selecting the Bahraini Mohammad Qasim as president of the continental union by acclamation, upon the withdrawal of the Pakistani candidate Amjad Malak, coinciding the same meeting Raymond Shaw from Hong Kong was elected to the position of Senior Vice President, in addition to electing of five vice presidents who are, Talal Al-Sheikh from Saudi Arabia, Maysam Zabadaa from Iran, Mohammad Haji from Qatar, Ahmed Quarry from Malaysia and the Chinese “too”. The Pakistani Amjad Aziz Malak was also elected to serve as secretary general, and the Nepalese Niranjan was selected to the post of financial treasurer, eight members were elected as members in the Executive Committee namely, Abdullah Ibrahim from UAE, Satam Al Sahli from Kuwait, Elias from Kazakhstan, Sato from Mongolia, is “Hie Doo” from South Korea, Kobayashi from Japan, Nicholas from Macao and Hussein Alyan from Palestine.