PRESS RELEASE Tirana I Albania I 07.07.2018 The Albanian Sports Ambassador honours Albanian athletes and coaches for their outstanding performance abroad for the first time. Via the press conference held on the 04.09.2018 the nominee s of the respective categories were announced • The honouring of the Albanian ambassadors is celebrated annually • The aim is to improve the image of the country with sport • The press conference announced the nominees on the 04.09.2018 at 10.00 a.m. at Hotel Diplomat Albanian sportists have shown their skills all over the world. The Albanian Sports Ambassador honours for the first time Albanian athletes and trainers who contribute to Albania's positive image through their appearance abroad. The awards are associated with prize money for social projects. The focus is on development work with children and young people. The aim of the initiative is to inspire people to act and to change the world positively through sport. Sport connects people The award ceremony will take place for the first time on September 4, 2018 in Tirana. Renowned personalities from sport, politics and culture were delighted to support this initiative. The founders and presidents of the initiative are singer and sports enthusiast and project manager Luar Arani, German football ambassador Roland Bischof and Safet Aliu. The jury consists of the chairman Armand Duka, President of the Albanian Football Association and Dritan Shakohoxha, football commentator, Giovanni "Gianni" De Biasi, former national coach and Mirza Alibegaj, basketball coach of the women's national team and the club "Tirana". On the Board are the Chairman Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana, Artan Shabani, former Director of the National Art Gallery and internationally renowned painter, Elert Yzeiri, Editor-in-Chief of Top News, Kujtim Gashi, Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports of the Republic of Kosovo and Viron Bezhani, President of the National Olympic Committee. The conference During the press conference the nominees for all of the categories were announced on live broadcasting at Supersport1. The Founders of Albanian Sports Ambassador Roland Bischof and Luar Arani explained the structure and the purpose of this organization. The initiator of German football Ambassador guaranteed his support for this project via his organizations network and know how giving an importance to the collaboration between Germany and  Albania and the connection sports brings in different levels of the society. The nominees „Albanian Sports Ambassador“ – Main Award Three actives or former athletes will be nominated. The winner is selected exclusively by the expert jury. The nominees were announced from Armand Duka, President of the Albanian Football Association who emphasized the importance of the nominees chosen as well as the connection of these prizes with the support of social projects. The nominees were as following: • Lorik Cana • Edvin Murati • Igli Tare “Honorary Award” Three active or inactive sportsman/woman, political, economic or cultural personality, whome has been involved in the field of sport as well as in projects around Albanian sport. The person concerned will be selected exclusively by the jury experts. The nominees were announced from Chancelour Daut Thaci in the name of Kujtim Gashi, Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports of the Republic of Kosovo who had to be in Kosovo due to a extraordinary parliamentary gathering. The nominees were as following: • Ansi Agolli • Elizabeta Karabolli • Majlinda Kelmendi “New Entry Award” Three active image new generation – athletes, who represent Albania internationally positively, are nominated for this award. The winner will be selected by the jury of experts and the advisory board. Mirza Alibegaj, basketball coach of the women's national team and the club "Tirana announced the nominees: • Erblira bici • Izmir Smajlaj • Thomas Strakosha “Audience Award” For a public online voting, six active Albanian athletes who are active in foreign countries are nominated. The nominees are selected from the expert jury. The winner will be selected by the fans via the public online voting tool, which has already begun on the website of Albanian Sports Ambassador. The nominees were announced from Artan Shabani, former Director of the National Art Gallery and internationally renowned painter: • Erald Dervishi • Haki Doku • Elsaid Hysaj • Luiza Gega • Luan Krasniqi • Ervin Skela Alabanian Sports Ambassador The Albanian Sports Ambassador, based in Tirana, was founded in September 2019 by Luar Arani, Roland Bischof and Safet Aliu and honours Albanian trainers and athletes who contribute to the positive image of sport and Albania through their appearance and commitment. The awards are associated with prize money for social projects, including the supporting partners, such as Arani shpk., Bashkia Tirane, Digitalb, Deutscher Fussball Botschafter, Federate e Futbollit Shqipetar and Komiteti Olimpik. As well as our sponsors, the Berlin agency PRESENTED BY…GmbH, Diplomat Hotel and Fashion Beverages Albania. Website: sportsambassador.al Press contact Luar Arani E-Mail: arani@sportsambassador.al Phone: 004917670745908 Follow us: Facebook: albaniansportsambassador Instagram: instagram.com/albaniansportsambassador