Silent doping and how the system fails to protect athletes, the topic for three outstanding investigations
AIPS Awards juror Jaap de Groot, Omar Boudi, Zoher Boudi, President of
the jury Gianni Merlo and Dimitar Tasev. (Photo by Carlo Pozzoni/ AIPS
June 14, 2022 - AIPS Sport Media Awards 2021 edition crowned three
winners for video and writing investigations. Investigative reporting is
a special category not open for submissions and without money prize.
by the President of the Jury, Gianni Merlo, the AIPS Award for
Investigative Reporting 2021 went for the following authors:
Boudi, Zoher Boudi, for “The drama of Algerian players and their
disabled children” (Echorouk TV), a film that showed the team-mates of a
football team whose children were born with disabilities, possibly
linked to substances they were given without their knowledge of
Dimitar Tasev (Bulgaria) made another doping
investigation with “Doping in deep water” (BTV Media Group), in which he
uncovers the use of doping in young swimmers in the national team of
Bulgaria. The video is available on YouTube with English subtitles.
Michael Uugwanga (Namibia) was awarded for revealing the situation of
poorly paid boxers that are risking their lives just for a few coins, as
part of a system that needs them but neglects them and discards them.
(Confidente Sport). He was delayed in South Africa and could not make it
on time to go on stage at Khalifa International Stadium, but he
received the prize with pride in the AIPS hotel in Doha.
Michael Uugwanga with his trophy