MonteCarloThe IAAF is delighted to confirm that Japan’s Atsushi Hoshino will be this year’s recipient of the IAAF World Journalist Award. The award will be presented in Monaco this Sunday (21) by IAAF President Lamine Diack.
The IAAF World Journalist Award, which was created on the recommendation of the IAAF Press Commission that the IAAF should mark outstanding lifetime contributions in the field of athletics journalism, was inaugurated last year with the honouring of the career of Germany’s Gustav Schwenk.
Atsushi Hoshino (born 14 March 1926) began his life in sports journalism in 1947 when he joined Tokyo’s Yomiuri Shimbun, a newspaper for which he would later become senior sports editor and work until 1996.
President of the Japan Sports Press Association from 1974 to 1985, he continues to this day as its executive advisor, and remains on the public relations committee of the Japanese athletics federation (JAAF), a body which he first joined in 1954!
Atsushi Hoshino, who was a member of the IAAF Press Commission from 1992 to 2007, is best known internationally for his distinguished work as a Press Chief at major championships including the 1991 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Tokyo, which achieved that year’s AIPS award for the Best Press Facilities. This was a distinction that was also awarded following his stewardship of the media services at the 2007 Osaka World Championships.
IAAF Press Delegate for the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Atsushi Hoshino’s media skills were also employed by the organisers of the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima and the following year’s World Student Games in Fukuoka. While concluding the decade as Press Chief of the 1999 World Indoor Championships in Maebashi, Atsushi Hoshino also guided the media relations of the annual IAAF Grand Prix in Osaka from 1996 to 2007, and the 1997 IAAF Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka.
In the role of the Japanese Olympic Committee’s press delegate Atsushi Hoshino also has experience of four summer and one winter Olympic Games in the period from 1988 to 2000.
A distinguished athletics family
Atsushi Hoshino will be accompanied to Monaco this weekend by his wife Ayako, to whose “great dedication to my activities as an athletic journalist over such a long period” he rightly pays tribute. Ayako was one of three women athletes who represented Japan in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, in which under her maiden name of ‘Ayako Yoshikawa’ she competed in the 100m and Long Jump. There she broke the 23-year-old national 100m record with a 12 second run, a time which was to stand as the fastest 100m by a Japanese woman for another 10 years.