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05-02-2012

TWO ARGENTINE INTERNATIONAL VOLLEYBALL REFEREES AT THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES

Osvaldo Sumavil for beach volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 2, 2012 — The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) is very proud to announce the list of referees who have been appointed to officiate at the 2012 Olympic Games in London later this year. A total of 20 referees will officiate at the volleyball competition with a further 16 at the beach volleyball competition.

Egypt’s Amina Elsergany is the first female referee from Africa for either volleyball or beach volleyball and the first representative from Africa for beach volleyball. For the first time in the FIVB’s history, a total of five women will officiate at the Olympics in volleyball after three officiated in Beijing and two in Athens where Patricia Salvatore and Karin Zahorcova became the first female referees to officiate volleyball at an Olympic Games. It will be the third Olympic Games where four female referees have been appointed at the beach volleyball competition after Atlanta and Sydney. Athens and Beijing included three each.

For the first time at the Olympic Games, all five continents are represented in the beach volleyball appointments with host nation Great Britain the only country represented twice while 20 different nationalities are covered in the volleyball selection.

Indoor
Mr Nasr SHAABAN (EGY)
Mrs Zorica BJELIC (SRB)
Ms Karin ZAHORCOVA (CZE)
Mrs Susana RODRIGUEZ JATIVA (ESP)
Mr Andrey ZENOVICH (RUS)
Mr Georgios KARAMPETSOS (GRE)
Mr Frans LODERUS (NED)
Mr Bela HOBOR (HUN)
Mr Simone SANTI (ITA)
Mr Brian MCDOUGALL (GBR)
Ms Patricia SALVATORE (USA)
Mr Mitch DAVIDSON (CAN)
Mr Denny CESPEDES LASSI (DOM)
Mr Jose Rogelio VELEZ MERCADO (PUR)
Mr Rolando CHOLAKIAN (ARG)
Mr Rogerio EPICALKSKI (BRA)
Mr Ning WANG (CHN)
Mr Ibrahim AL NAAMA (QAT)
Ms Janpen JIRAKAKUL (THA)
Mr Akihiko TANO (JPN)

Beach Volleyball referees
Ms Amina ELSERGANY (EGY)
Mr Jonas PERSONENI (SUI)
Mr Marc BERARD (FRA)
Mr Rui CARVALHO (POR)
Mr José Maria PADRON (ESP)
Mr Damien SEARLE (GBR)
Mr Gregory THOMPSON (GBR)
Ms Agnieszka MYSZKOWSKA (POL)
Mr Darryl FRIESEN (CAN)
Mr Dan APOL (USA)
Mr Miguel RAMIREZ (MEX)
Mrs Maria VILLAS- BOAS (BRA)
Mr Osvaldo SUMAVIL (ARG)
Mr Richard CASUTT (NZL)
Mr Leijun WANG (CHN)
Ms Catriona TWEEDIE (AUS)

Bela Hobor and Ning Wang are the two most experienced volleyball referees having officiated at the last three Olympic Games while Darryl Friesen and Miguel Ramirez have officiated at three beach volleyball competitions. The last three Olympics for Mr Friesen while Mr Ramirez was engaged in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008. Ms Salvatore has also officiated three times as a referee — for beach volleyball in Atlanta, and in volleyball in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

At previous Olympics for beach volleyball there were 14 referees appointed with four host nation refs from 1996-2004 before the quota was raised to 16 in 2008 with only three host nation referees. In 2012 the count will stand at 16 referees with only two host nation referees.

The appointments finalised a three year period of evaluation, training and education of international referees at international events — World Championships, World League, World Grand Prix for volleyball; World Tour for beach volleyball - while the FIVB also worked together with LOCOG and the Great Britain Volleyball Federation to train British scorers and line judges.

The volleyball competition at the 2012 Olympic Games runs from July 28 to August 12 with beach volleyball taking place from July 28 to August 9.

Source: FIVB

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