Thursday, March 19, 2015

We Are Not Enemies To Be Marginalised - SAM

PETALING JAYA, March 18 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Sports Writers Association (SAM) hopes sports association leaders and parties involved in national sports wil not to take sports journalists as their enemies.

SAM president Ahmad Khawari Isa said the fact remained that local sports journalists wanted to assist in the development of national sports even though some criticisms may appear harsh.

"SAM and our national sports journalism colleagues are not enemies to be marginalised. We are friends who wish to help, honest to commend when worthy, and will sincerely criticise on weaknesses and lackings that should be corrected," he said when speaking at the 2014 SAM-100 PLUS Awards here today.

Recalling national sports achievements last year from the Malaysia Games in Perlis to the failure in meeting gold medal targets at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Ahmad Khawari said it was the duty of a sports journalist to report the reality before everyone's eyes.

"Overall, there were many sad and bitter moments. It is not that we sports journalists like it but it is our duty to report the reality even though it may not be pleasant," he said.

Therefore, he called on all involved in national sports not to look at the past failures but should instead forge ahead with greater focus and determination in future.

Ahmad Khawari also called on the National Sports Council to hold more dialogues with sports journalists to ensure the message to be projected would be well positioned and also hoped to seek more a cordial relation with the Malaysian Olympic Council (OCM).

"SAM also hopes OCM will invite SAM to be more involved in planning even in minor roles in certain committees. There is now a relation but it is not warm," he said.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Khawari also announced the winners for two main categories in the 2014 SAM-100 PLUS who ill be nominated for 'Sports Media Pearl Awards' introduced by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

"SAM's execuitve committee decided to submit the main sports journalist prize this year with the winner of the sports photography award to the Sports Media Pearl Awards," he said.

At the ceremony, Muhammad Rizal Hashim of Astro Digital Publication won the top Sports Journalism Award with his article entitled 'Skuad Aristokrat: Pahang Lengkapi Musim Gemilang' while Hizami Roslan of asiana.my won the best sports photography award.

Muhammad Rizal who also won the best print and electronic media special report awards when met said the awards today were recognition for sports journalism overall.

"I consider the award as an honour and a motivation for all sports journalism peers," he said.

In this regard, Hizami who made his debut in the competition was shocked when his picture was shortlisted with four other more experienced candidates.

"At that time, I was shooting Aleix Espargaro of Team Suzuki Ecstar at the Malaysian GP qualifying session. When I reviewed, I found the picture outstanding and sent it in," he said.

Muhammad Rizal took home RM10,000 in prizes while Hizami won RM3,000.

-- BERNAMA

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