Kuwait: The Kuwait Minister for Information, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Sabah, officiated on behalf of the Prime Minister, Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, at the opening of the 16th AIPS Asia Congress in the Gulf State of Kuwait on Saturday. Sheikh Abdullah told 63 delegates from 23 countries gathered at the Radisson Blue that young people made up the greater section of the population of the West and East Asian regions and stressed the importance of promoting sport to the younger generation.
The Prime Minister is the official host of the AIPS Asia Congress which has been organised by the Kuwait Sports Press Association, led by its President and AIPS Vice President, Faisal Al-Qanai. The PM was unable to attend the congress due to today's elections for the National Assembly. Joining AIPS Asia delegates are AIPS President Gianni Merlo (Italy), First Vice President Esat Yilmaer (Turkey), Treasurer Jorge Ribeiro (Portugal) and Secretary General Roslyn Morris (Australia).
In his keynote speech the AIPS President highlighted the importance of the media's fight for independence at a time when more and more journalists were the victims of physical attacks in response to their professional duties and opinions.
Members of the AIPS Executive Committee Mohammed al-Malki (Qatar), Manouchehr Zandi (Iran) and Zhang Haifeng (China), and all members of the AIPS Asia Executive Committee are present in Kuwait. Oberservers from Chinese Taipei, Syria and Bahrain are also present. The election for AIPS Asia office bearers will take place Sunday, December 2.By Roslyn Morris, AIPS Secretary General; www.aipsmedia.com