Fourth place this time

Tuesday 7 May 2024

Alaa Abdel-Ghani


Al-Ahram Weekly’s sports writer Alaa Abdel-Ghani finished fourth in a media contest sponsored by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), touted as arguably the world’s most prestigious sports writing competition.

The sixth edition of the AIPS awards was held on 2 May in Santa Susanna in Spain.

Abdel-Ghani was competing in the Best Column category, entering with the piece: ‘Was Qatar’s World Cup ‘the best?’ a look at the 2022 footballing showcase.

The winning column went to Cristian Grosso of Argentina for “Messi, the hero without resentment”.

The contest received 1,887 submissions from 140 countries, a record in terms of participation.

The winner received $8,000, $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third.

Last year, Abdel-Ghani won first place for his column “Overseas aid” which explored a plan by Egypt’s football authorities to hire technocrats from abroad to help improve the sport in the country.

The award made Abdel-Ghani, from Egypt, the first African and first Arab to ever claim the prize in that category.

AIPS, a sports publication founded in 1924 and based in Switzerland, bills its awards as “the highest international accolade in the sport media industry” and “the most prestigious prize in sports journalism”.


* A version of this article appears in print in the 9 May, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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