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Kuwait''s Faisal Al Qanai takes the reigns as AIPS Asia President.
Kuwaiti sports journalist to head AIPS Asia

02 Dec 2012
Kuwait: The President of the Kuwait Sports Journalists' Association and AIPS Vice President, Faisal Al Qanai, will head the continental body AIPS Asia for the next four years. Mr Al Qanai was elected unopposed at AIPS Asia's 16th Annual Congress at the Radisson Blue Hotel today in Kuwait City. The election for the AIPS Asia Executive Committee was seamless following the withdrawal of a number of candidates and the consequent unanimous election of the remaining nominees.

China's Zhang Haifeng will serve as First Vice President. Zhang is President of the China Sports Press Association. The Secretary General's post will be covered by Dr Seyed Abolhamid Ahmadi, President of the Iranian Sports Press Associaton.

Vice Presidents:
Mohamed Al Malki, President Qatar Sports Press Committee and AIPS Executive Committee member
Kyung Ho Kim, Korean Sports Press Union
Nim-Seong Fong, Macau Sports Press Association
Amjad Aziz Malik, Pakistan Sports Writers Federation
Mansour A. Alkhodairy, Saudi Arabia Sports Press Association

Chiu Chan Fai, Hong Kong Sports Press Association
Khalid Jasim Mohammed, Iraqi Sports Press Union
Kazunori Enami, Japan Sports Press Association
J. Otgontsagan, Mongolia Sports Press Association
Niranjan Rajbanshi, Nepal Sports Journalists Forum
Ahmad Salim Batamira,  Oman Sports Press Journalists Association
Hussein AK Alian, Palestine Sports Journalists Association
Abdulla Ibrahim Binhussain, UAE Sports Media Committee

The veteran Korean media man, Mr Gap Chul Park, who has been president of AIPS Asia for more than 30 years, did not stand for re-election and was unable to attend the Kuwait congress. The new president moved that Mr Park be conferred with the title of Life Honorary President, a gesture which was greeted with enthusiastic applause.

Al Qanai appointed Nessip Zhunusbayev, President of the Sports Press Association of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as his special advisor. AIPS President Gianni Merlo congratulated the new Executive Commitee.

"We were the witness of unanimous agreement regarding the election and are witness to the fact that Asia, during a difficult moment for the entire world, everyone has decided to pull together and find a solution. "We will do our best to help the region, especially in Palestine as it is our role to open the door to peace and the future of the young generations."

By Roslyn Morris, AIPS Secretary General; www.aipsmedia.com
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