SWAG inaugurates Bono branches, charges sports media to join association

first_img“SWAG should do more than what journalists are currently doing. I am surprised most sports journalists are not members of SWAG because all along I thought you’re an automatic member of SWAG once you become a sports journalist.  “It will help us all to have confidence and deal with SWAG once we know they are under one umbrella, “said Appiah, in a solidarity message.SWAG in making the association vibrant nationwide and mobilise practicing sports journalists under its umbrella, the Association set up the Regional Mobilisation Committee to work on ensuring the sports media are effectively organised under SWAG.SWAG is noted for honouring sports excellence annually through the annual SWAG Awards (the nation’s premier and longest-running national awards) and the prestigious SWAG Cup which is often contested among the top football clubs in Ghana annually. The President of the Sports Writers’ Association of Ghana (SWAG), Mr Kwabena Yeboah has encouraged the sports media in Ghana to endeavour to join the association because of the enormous benefits they stand to gain professionally by signing up to become members of the country’s only professional association of practising sports journalists.Kwabena Yeboah made the remarks last Saturday at the inauguration of the Bono regional branch of SWAG at the conference hall of the Sunyani Technical University.The programme brought together practising sports journalists in the Bono, Bono East, Ahafo regions, and some Executive Council members of SWAG.It was also graced by Black Stars coach, James Kwasi Appiah, and Ghana and Asante Kotoko legend, Samuel Opoku Nti, among other dignitaries.The Bono regional branch is the third regional body of SWAG after the Ashanti and Volta regional branches. It under the interim leadership of Maxwell Owusu Antwi (chairman) Dickson Kwabena Kyere(vice-chairman), Evelyn Nsiah Asare(secretary), Precious Sermevor(Ass secretary), Evans Kwaku Oppong ( PRO), Alhaji Yahaya(Treasurer), Atta Twum Barima(Organiser), Asoma Reagan (Welfare), Ntow Gyan(Executive member), Collins Yaw Suglo(Executive member) and Albert Kofi Diawuo(Executive member) on a two-year mandate after which the branch will go to the polls to elect new executives.Inaugurating the branch, Mr Yeboah said SWAG, as part of its membership drive to bring more professionalism into sports journalism, will inaugurate the Eastern, Western, Northern, Upper East and other branches soon, so that practising sports journalists across the country would benefit from being members of the parent body and by extension the world body, the International Sports Press Association (AIPS). Mr Yeboah said he believed sports journalism had made tremendous strides over the year but believed that a lot more needed to be done by sports journalism through continuous training, mentoring and specialisation which are among the benefits available to members of SWAG.“I keep hearing the level of sports journalism has deteriorated; I totally disagree. Sports journalism is more vibrant today than previous times,” the SWAG president said.The regional sports director of the National Sports Authority, Mr. Yakubu Nasiru, admonished ports journalist to report on other sporting disciplines and also specialise in the coverage of particular sports instead of being biased towards football to the detriment of other disciplines.Former CEO of Asante Kotoko, Samuel Opoku Nti, advised sports journalist to refrain from insults, unnecessary criticism and also the tendency to run down the sports personalities and institutions through their commentaries.Coach Kwasi Appiah said sports journalists play a vital role in the development of sports and shaping society positively, hence he expected more from SWAG and its members.last_img read more

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Grammys ceremony opens with tribute to Kobe Bryant

first_imgThe 2020 Grammys ceremony has opened with a heartfelt tribute to basketball player Kobe Bryant, who died on Sunday.“Tonight is for you Kobe,” declared pop star Lizzo, opening the show with her stirring ballad Cuz I Love You.Host Alicia Keys then dedicated the show to Bryant’s memory, with an a-capella version of It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye, accompanied by Boyz II Men.The show is taking place at the Staples Center, where Bryant played his entire career with the LA Lakers.News of the star’s death at the age of 41 stunned artists and performers backstage at the arena when it broke earlier in the day.“I genuinely thought it wasn’t real,” said pop star Billie Eilish. “I was in the green room… and I was like, ‘Oh that has to be fake’”. The star, who grew up in Los Angeles, added: “Everybody knew Kobe. Everybody. It’s genuinely unbelievable.“I feel like anything I say is not enough for what’s going on.”Alicia Keys is hosting the ceremony for the second timeThe mood was sombre as the ceremony started, and Keys acknowledged the atmosphere in her opening speech.“Here we are together on music’s biggest night, celebrating our artists that do it best,” she began “but, to be honest with you were all feeling crazy sadness right now, because earlier today Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero. “And we’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built.“Right now, Kobe and his family and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirits, in our hearts, in our prayers, they’re in this building.“I would like everybody to take a moment and hold them inside of you and share our strength and our support with their families.”“I know how much Kobe loved music,” she added later, “so we got to make this a celebration in his honour.”A further tribute to the basketball legend is expected during the show.last_img read more

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