The International Press Association (AIPS) and FIFA have awarded journalists who have covered eight or more World Cups and the one who received the highest honor for establishing a record world It was the commentator Enrique Macaya Márquez who, at the age of 88, has already participated in 17 World Cups.
The current commentator Sports radio received an emblematic award conferred by former Brazilian crack Ronaldo Nazario: a little world cupa miniature replica of the one given to teams that win the World Cup.
“It takes knowledge, and you need to know how to communicate what you know; You need to know how to deal with technology, and you need to know the game and play it correctly” Macaya said in a chat with the FIFA website.
“It’s not easy to stay and you have to learn all the time; talk to people and learn from them. This is how you improve”, remarked the legendary Argentine commentator.
Enrique Macaya Márquez covered his first World Cup as a journalist sweden 1958 and since that edition he hasn’t missed any World Cup appointments.
Macaya is one of the most important commentators in the history of Argentine journalism. He was also the host of the unforgettable program First class football; among other professional achievements.
It has witnessed the debut and retirement of World Cup glories such as Pele, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona. And he has enjoyed live unforgettable teams such as Brazil in 1970 or the Netherlands “A Clockwork Orange” which exhibited the so-called total football.
More than 80 journalists recognized by FIFA
Total more than eighty journalists from all over the world have been recognised at the event called ‘Journalists on the Podium’, conceived by AIPS in 2012 and held in the Virtual Stadium of the Qatar World Cup Press Center in Doha.
But beyond so many distinctions from different parts of the planet, Macaya was the big star of the act. It was the FIFA president himself, Gianni Infantino, who in a recorded message expressed the “incredible experience” he has accumulated and showed his “gratitude for that job”.
Together with the legendary commentator there was also the German Hartmut Scherzer, who covered 16 World Cups; and Uruguayan Jorge Da Silveira, who is 15 years old.
The Italian Gianni Merlo, president of AIPS, underlined the importance of information work and journalists who broadcast this type of world-class events such as the World Cup.
With information from EFE
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