The Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) at the weekend celebrated its 35th anniversary with Youth and Sports Minister Zeogar Wilson paying special tribute to sports journalists in the country.
Minister Wilson serving as the guest speaker said Sports Writers have over the years contributed to national development, as well as the human development of the country.
The Sports Minister urged Sports Journalists to put aside personal feelings in their reportage, but report sports on a fair balance.
Minister Wilson noted that professional and objective sports writing enhances national development.
“You have asked me to speak on the topic “The Importance of Sports Writing in National Development.” With what I have said about sports and how they relate to human development, we can now understand that professional and objective sports writing enhances national development.
Journalists are watchdogs of our society and that is why they must be professional, objective, factual and balance in what they report” Minister Wilson told the gathering at the Samuel Kenyon Doe Sports Complex Gym.
The Sports Minister who is an ex-international goalkeeper for the Lone Star of Liberia added, “The objectivity and professionalism that a sports writer brings to his or her writing creates an impression in the minds of policymakers to rethink and focus on specific development agenda regarding sports that they may otherwise not have realized”.
Minister Wilson however challenged the Leadership of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) not to allow individuals to bend on blackmailing Sports Stakeholders.
Sports Writers Association of Liberia President Kolubah Zayzay addressing the gathering commended members of the association who continue to work in pushing Liberian sports forward despite the huge challenge facing the Liberian Sporting Press.
Mr. Zayzay said the role of the current generation of sportswriters in the country will forever be remembered by Liberians.
The ceremony which was the second under the Kolubah Zayzay two years leadership also marks the second time SWAL observe its anniversary since the end of the Liberian civil crisis.
At the same time, the Sports Writers Association of Liberia has honored several sports personalities for their contributions to sports and young athletes in the country.
At the celebrations of its 35th anniversary, SWAL also inducted into their honorary membership four sports stakeholders.
They include, Momo Cyrus, Lofa County Sports Committee Chairman, and Board Chairman of Mighty Blue Angels, Tickley Monkoney, CEO of first division club, Freeport FC, retired Fifa badge referee Judge Joseph Kollie and Jai FC President and LFA EC member, Judie Seaton.
SWAL climaxed the 35th-anniversary celebrations with a 1-1 draw against RECORDS FC at the SKD practice pitch.
The SWAL squad was led by its President Kolubah Zayzay, with Secretary-General Julius Konton scoring for the Pen-pushers.