The International Sports Press Association (AIPS) honored iconic Ghanaian broadcaster Joe Lartey with a lifetime achievement award during the 2022 edition of the AIPS Sport Media Awards ceremony held on June 12 in Doha, Qatar.
The veteran Ghanaian broadcaster, who turned 95 on June 6, 2022, happens to be the first president of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG).
During the colorful event at the Khalifa International Stadium, one of the host stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Lartey with his wheelchair, was accompanied on stage by current SWAG chairman Kwabena Yeboah , to receive his new award.
” Thank you very much for bringing me all the way from Ghana to receive this wonderful honour . I came into contact with this organisation ( AIPS ) in early 1971 thereabout and the people who made it possible … both of them have passed on . Since the establishement of Sports Writers Association in Ghana , progress has been made and I think we will continue to make progress until the end of time “, he said.
” I thank those of you who have been responsible for my journey to this place and the award you have given me . Since I arrived I have been saying thank you everywhere . I want to say thank you again to those of you who have been responsible for this presentation and believe me , I am very grateful and I extend to you a hearty handshake of thank you , ” Lartey added.
Also known as “Over To You Joe Lartey”
the journalist was the Chief commentator of Ghana’s first Africa Cup of Nations in 1963. After over a decade, he joined Radio Nigeria where he stayed until 1990.