The Nanjing Young Reporters Programme is a sport-journalism training programme that will run during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games from 13-28 August 2014.
This initiative is aimed at giving young reporters between the ages of 18 and 24 an opportunity to study and get practical exposure during the Games through offering them mentorship from seasoned Olympic media professionals and also giving them both general and specialised training in various aspects of sports reporting and an opportunity to cover major events such as the Olympic games.
Mario is the first Motswana to represent the country and is the only one in Southern Africa region to qualify for the programme.
He was competing with reporters from all over Africa and emerged successful along with Stella Annan of Ghana, Zaki Saaed of Sudan and Yasmine orche of Algeria.
For his part a visibly Jubilant Mario said “I am very happy to have been awarded this opportunity by the BNOC, this is a breakthrough in my career!! To have been selected from thousands of aspirants across the continent to represent Africa is quite an achievement at my age,” he said.
Mario said the programme will provide him with an opportunity to harness his journalism skills and growth in the profession.
“I intend to impart my knowledge and share my experiences from this training beyond our borders.
I look forward to this experience and would also like to encourage my peers to take advantage of life changing opportunities such as this one that will give them exposure and also help grow our sporting fraternity as the future of sport lies with us the youth,” he said.
“I am determined to make my nation proud in Nanjing, and beyond.”
The benefits of this programme include: a Youth Olympic Games covered by youth for youth; training in the foundations of Olympism and the relevance of the Olympic ideals; unmatched experience leading to Young Reporters confirming employment in the media, and selection of a number of them to cover the London Olympic Games for established and well recognised media organizations; and establishment of a dialogue between the Olympic Family and the next generation of Olympic reporters
The president of the BNOC Mr Negroes Malealea Kgosietsile also added that “In our endeavour as the BNOC to develop and promote elite sport in Botswana, We have for the past year included media personnel in our Sport Administration Courses, Advanced Sport Management Course and Doping Control training as an effort to improve the quality of sport reporting in Botswana.
This programme is highly welcomed as it is in line with our strategy, to grow young reporters and ensure that they are globally competitive.”
The success of the first programme was launched at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games; the highly competitive programme attracts young reporters from all over Africa.
The Young Reporters were selected by the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees through a rigorous selection process representing each of the five continents.
The young lad has a competitive resume, which reflects his qualification in broadcasting, along with his experience in Radio and TV presenting and production respectively, revealed BNOC Communications and Marketing manager Mpho Motlhabane.
Lovemore Mario will be leaving for Nanjing on the 12th August 2014 to join 30 other young reporters from five continents.