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it's do or die for refs

By unknown | Jul 09, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Referees selected from the African continent to officiate at the Beijing Olympics next month will undergo a fitness test in Johannesburg on July 20.

The test will take place at Johannesburg Stadium. Two tests for referees from other continents will be conducted in Europe and America, depending on proximity.

If the referees fail the test, then they are out.

South Africa will be represented by leading referee Jerome Damon who has officiated at many international competitions before.

He will be in a team with Enock Molefe who has been working with him in a number of international tournaments.

Deidre Mitchell has also been selected to be part of the South African team, but she will officiate at the women's tournament.

Safa referees' development officer Carlos Henriques said he was optimistic that his officials will pass the examination and the fitness test with flying colours.

He said though Mitchell was the first female referee ever to officiate in the PSL, when she handled the match between Santos and Kaizer Chiefs, he was optimistic that she will make it.

"Every African referee selected to officiate at the Olympics will undergo the test on the same day at Johannesburg Stadium."

He said Fifa has made it clear that these tests should be conducted more than a week before the start of the tournaments.

"If it happens that any referee fails the test then he is out. But I have never doubted our referees as they are committed and have been doing well all along."

After the fitness test, a workshop for referees will be held from July 25-29 also in Johannesburg.


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