On July 2, World Sports Journalists Day celebrates the work of sports journalists. Every day, they help millions of people around the world to get the latest information on different sports. Sports correspondents have a common association to uphold the standards of their profession, the International Sports Press Association (AIPS).
AIPS established World Sports Journalists Day as a global professional holiday in 1994 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the association’s founding. This day should encourage columnists, correspondents, and journalists from the world of sports to strive for excellence in their work and set an example to the world through their own work.
The origins of sports journalism began in the 1800s, when much of the upper class entered the news business and sports columns emerged. Later, as sport became more popular among the middle and lower classes, news articles and reports about sports became widely distributed and in demand.
- AIPS was created on July 2, 1924, during the Summer Olympic Games, which were held in Paris;
- AIPS partners include the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, IAAF, and others;
- In 2021, AIPS turned 97 years old, and the holiday turned 27 years old.
How to take part
You can celebrate World Sports Journalists Day with congratulations to journalists on social networks under the hashtag #WorldSportsJournalistsDay. After the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration moved to virtual space, where the International Sports Press Association organized an online event for everyone.
When is World Sports Journalists Day Celebrated in 2023?
World Sports Journalists Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on July the 2nd each year.