Sports administrators and fans have been called upon to stop the incessant attacks on sports journalists in the country and rather see them as partners in sports promotion and development.
“Sports journalists are partners in the promotion and development of sports and not opponents as has been the picture painted across the country in recent times.”
In a message to mark the 48th anniversary of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) on Wednesday, August 3, the President of the association, Mr. Kwabena Yeboah noted that he finds it absolute preposterous that journalists who are the very partners in the development of sports would be at the receiving end of some barbaric acts perpetuated by the same people who run to them for support.
According to him time has come for all to put an immediate stop to attacks on sports journalists by administrators, fans and hooligans while they go about their daily routines.
“Instead of seeing them as opponents, they must be seen as partners in sports promotion and development and show them the needed love for the forward march of Ghana Sports.”
While saluting all sports journalists in Ghana on the occasion, he tasked all to spare a thought for the founding fathers of the Association who blazed the trail selflessly and went about their duties in a more professional way to keep the good name of the noble profession.
“In everything let us ask ourselves (journalists) what we can do to perpetuate the beautiful legacy, not what we can get from the Association.”
He said the profession is going through several changes and becoming more dynamic, which is a sharp break from the conventional way of carrying out duties.
Mr. Yeboah asked sports journalists in the country to come together and continue to make journalism a beautiful profession by championing the positive trends and help develop the sector.
By Raymond Ackumey