As part of preparations for hosting the 2nd edition of the African Beach Games (French: JAP) in Hammamet (June 23-30 June 2023), a working session brought together Wednesday Najeh Missaoui, CEO of Tunis-Afrique-Presse (TAP) news agency, Mehrez Bousayène, President of the Tunisian National Olympic Committee (CNOT) and of the Organising Committee of the Games (COJAP), as well as a number of TAP and CNOT executives. The meeting that was held at TAP headquarters focused on ways to establish a partnership between TAP and COJAP to ensure comprehensive and quality media coverage of the next African Beach Games Hammamet 2023. The CEO of TAP underlined the news agency’s willingness to contribute to the success of the Games and to guarantee timely, comprehensive and professional coverage of all the sporting events and other parallel activities through various media. “It is the duty of TAP, as the national news agency, to contribute to the success of this sports challenge, which will involve more than 900 athletes from 50 African countries, representing as many National Olympic Committees,” he said. He assured that TAP will put all the experience of its teams, including journalists, technicians and photographers, at the disposal of COJAP. For his part, the President of CNOT emphasised the organising Committee’s determination to meet all the conditions for the success of the Games, as well as its desire to succeed in its partnership with TAP to ensure exceptional media coverage of the Hammamet 2023 edition. “It is an honour to be able to work with TAP news agency, which is leading public media institution in and enjoys great credibility with the public,” said the President of the CNOT. For Bousayène, the city of Hammamet will be the destination for young African athletes and representatives of the media and various African sports organisations during the last week of June, under the banner of “Tunisia, a country of sport, fraternity and tolerance”. The official added that important parallel events are planned on the sidelines of the 2023 JAP, including the Ordinary General Assembly of the Association of African National Olympic Committees (ANOCA) on June 22 and the General Assembly of the Association of African National Olympic Academies (AANOA) on June 24 and 25 June, in addition to the celebration of African Olympic Day. “The African Beach Games will serve as a cultural festival that will promote the diversity of Tunisian culture and the richness of its tourist products, as well as the universal values of environmental protection and the fight against pollution,” he said. The African Beach Games Hammamet 2023 will coincide with various cultural events such as the Yasmine Hammamet International Film Festival. The games will bring together more than 48 African countries, 15 sports, 1,400 accredited participants, 500 volunteers, 5,000 spectators per day and around 900 athletes. At the same time, this continental sporting event will be accompanied by an extensive sporting, cultural and leisure programme. In addition, the COJAP has decided to make it a “green” event, with no gas emissions, by promoting traditional transport by local horse-drawn carriages and plastic-free.
Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse