Hockey:Two Indian umpires among 25 officials named for 2018 World Cup for men at Bhubaneswar 2018: Two Indian umpires – Raghur Prasad and Javed Shaikh – are among 25 officials named for the smooth technical conduct of the 2018 Men’s World Cup Hockey Tournament to be played at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
An announcement to this effect was made by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) today. Yesterday, the FIH had named technical officials for the Women’s World Cup Hockey Tournament to be played in London in July next year. One Indian woman official figures in the lLondon list.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has today announced 25 officials representing 19 countries from all five continents to officiate at this prestigious event taking between 28 November and 16 December, 2018.
Like the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 appointments, both men and women will undertake officiating roles at men’s World Cup.
Chair of the FIH Competitions Committee, Björn Isberg (Sweden) will support Christian in his role alongside Alfred Chang (Hong Kong) who is familiar with this venue having been Technical Delegate for the recent Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017. Both assume roles as Technical Officers alongside Edna Rutten (Holland), Reyah Richardson (Trinidad and Tabago) and Kays Kanyangara (Zimbabwe).
On the field of play, there’s plenty of experience. While seven of the umpires gained experience at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the other nine will be relishing the opportunity of performing on one of the greatest stages in international hockey.
Amongst those appointed are Golden Whistle (over 100 cap) umpires Francisco Vazquez (ESP); Martin Madden (SCO); Raghu Prasad (IND); Javed Shaikh (IND) and Simon Taylor (NZL).
They will be joined by Dan Barstow (England); Marcin Grochal (Poland); Diego Barbas (Argentina); Lim Hong Zhen (Singapore); Jonas van ‘t Hek (Holland); Adam Kearns (Australia); Peter Wright (South Africa); David Tomlinson (New Zealand); Eric Kim Lai Koh (Malayasia); Gregory Uyttenhove (Belgium) and Ben Göntgen (Germany).
Umpire Managers will be Philip Schellekens (Holland) and Minka Woolley (Australia ) whilst another Golden Whistle owner, Deon Nel from South Africa, will be a Video Umpire . His fellow countryman, Shuaib Manjra, has been appointed the competition’s Medical Officer.