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AIPS Europe (UEPS) Executive Committee meets in Dublin

2010-11-03 09:56:00 AIPS

LONDON, November 2, 2010 - Dublin’s fair city was a perfect autumnal backdrop for the latest meeting of the UEPS Executive Committee.

Although technically the second meeting of the new committee, it was the first time they had gathered since the elections in the Turkish resort of Antalya back in April.

All UEPS roads now point to Lausanne as plans were laid for the leaders of member journalist associations to meet their counterparts from

international federations in the Olympic City from January 24-26, 2011.

By then, the UEPS will also be well on the way towards registering their statutes and establishing an office in Lausanne, a move design to

strengthen ties with the international sporting family.

The new UEPS logo was also unveiled. It reflects the important role of the association within the AIPS. The group were joined by AIPS president Gianni Merlo via computer telephone. He was able to report an increase in membership .

New President Yannis Daris outlined the programme for the next four years. Greater recognition of the AIPS card is a priority. With this in mind a UEPS delegation is set to meet UEFA to establish an accord for the continent wide recognition of the AIPS card by Football.

The New Media forum organised on the island of Rhodes in late September had been a great success with representatives from 38 countries in attendance.

As the sporting year drew to a close, Treasurer Murat Agca revealed exciting new plans for the UEPS awards for the sportsman and sportswoman of the year.These feature extensive television coverage of the awards in a glittering ceremony. With the key sporting year of 2012 now ever closer, it has also been decided that the UEPS will produce a special publication to mark the premier continental event, the European Football Championships in Ukraine and Poland.

The session was superbly organised by the Association of Sports Journalists in Ireland. Members were welcomed by their President Peter Byrne and hosting UEPS Executive member Jimmy Magee and the logistics arranged by their tireless secretary Fionnbar Callanan.

There was also an opportunity for a whistle stop tour of the Aviva Stadium. Completely rebuilt on the site of the old Lansdowne Road Rugby ground at a cost of 410 Million Euros, and holding 52,000, it can welcome some 200 media to fresh modern and bright facilities. Photographers also have their own work room.

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