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Abelardo Raidi, international award

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Fellow journalist William F. Araujo informed me by email from Buenos Aires. They confirmed it to me from Paris, headquarters of the “International Sports Press Association (AIPS)”.

From Madrid they announced to me that there, where the Convention was this year, they had decided on the prize.

In Caracas, my boss and dear friend, President of the Circle of Sports Journalists of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez González, celebrated with the whole gang. The Major League Baseball Writers Association published it in all its media.

From three continents (Europe, Oceania and America), I receive messages from readers and colleagues.
In Miami they overwhelm me with hundreds of congratulations and dozens of interviews.
It's hectic to win an award like the one from the AIPS.

They point out to me the 77 years I have been in journalism, including 64 in baseball. I fear becoming arrogant, presumptuous, boastful, which I have always easily avoided, because there were no reasons in my 95 years of age. But now, when I fly towards the 96, this maelstrom caused by AIPS, Chávez González and company arises.

What is AIPS?:

The acronym for the original name, in French, Association Internationale de la Presse Sportiva. Independent organization, representative of sports media. It has 500 members in the world, including 161 National Associations of sports journalists. It was founded in Paris in 1924 by Frantz Reichel, head of Games Press, and recognized by the International Olympic Committee and Sports Federations.

The original announcement:

AIPS honored with the “Abelardo Raidi International Journalism Award” the dean of the specialty, the Venezuelan, Juan Vené, and others from Latin America, for their careers in sports journalism and their resumes, examples for society.

Juan Vené for Venezuela:

It began in 1947 and won the Venezuelan National Journalism Award in 1957. In 1960 he worked on his first baseball World Series, a classic that he covered for 45 years. He broadcast Major League games on the radio for several decades. He was the official voice in Spanish of the TV program “Lo Mejor de la Semana”, the first Latin American elector for the Hall of Fame; He has written 21 books, most about baseball, the most important, “5000 Years of Baseball.” He is the most important journalist in Spanish in baseball worldwide. His daily column “Juan Vené en la Pelota” appears in dozens of newspapers and websites throughout the Caribbean and the United States.

Thanks to the life that has given me so much, even a reader like you.

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