Sound Knowledge of technical terminologies , effective language of communication and comprehensive understanding of the rules and regulations of sports have been identified as an attributes of a good commentator and sports writer.
Ace broadcaster and former Olympian, Malam Hammed Adio stated this on Friday in Ilorin at a one day Seminar organized by the Kwara Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) for its members at the Conference room of the Sports Council.
Adio frowned at the way quacks are taking over journalism profession due to social media liberty.
He challenged sports writers to distinguish themselves from mere facebook administrators by embarking on research and historical background of sports to report to guarantee accurate and correct information of the game.
The former Olympian implored SWAN members to be sensitive and avoid the use of negative and derogatory languages in their reportage.
He noted that fairness, truthfulness, balance are the hallmark of a good sports reporter as facts are sacred and opinions are personal.
Adio reiterated that the job of Sports reporters is challenging, demanding, exiciting and could only be fulfilling if taking with absolute seriousness and all sense of determination and commitment.
Earlier, the Chairman of Kwara SWAN, Malam Jimoh Bashir appreciated Malam Adio for devoting his precious time to tap from his reservoir of Knowledge and believed that members have learnt would be put to practice without further delay.
Bashir who was elated with the academic exercise presented by Adio later announced him as an Ambassador of Kwara SWAN.
Also Speaking, the Chairman of Education Committee of Kwara SWAN, Bayour Issah said the seminar was geared towards broaden the knowledge of members to enhance effective service delivery in their various media organisations and will be a routine exercise from time to time.