Referees News

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, October 9, 2016 – The FIVB Refereeing Refresher Course, with TVA President Mr Somporn Chaibangyang presiding over the opening ceremony on October 5, came to a successful close on Sunday at the Nakhon Pathom Municipality Gymnasium in Nakhon Pathom.

The five-day course was held with an high aim of reminding all the candidates the previous training and updating their skills and knowledge in Asian volleyball in line with the world’s volleyball-governing body FIVB’s development policy.

Mr Songsak Chareonpong, Chairman of the AVC Referees Committee and Member of the FIVB Refereeing Commission, conducted the course as the Course Director and Course Instructor, with 23 candidates from 11 countries including six females attending in theoretical and practical sessions at the competition venue to coincide with the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Southeast Asian Zonal Qualification Tournament between October 7 and 9.

The 23 referees participating in the course comprised six from hosts Thailand, three from Maldives, two each from Cambodia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and Chinese Taipei and one apiece from Myanmar, Vietnam, Mongolia and Nepal.

“All the candidates gave the FIVB Refereeing Refresher Course a fitting end. Most of them are experienced as they have been nominated to officiate AVC’s major competitions. The course was aimed of brushing their volleyball knowledge up in order that the candidates can catch up with the FIVB’s updated refereeing information, modern technology and e-learning,” said Mr Songsak.

“The organisation for this course lived up to my expectation. The organisers were well-prepared, with all necessary materials and equipments being put on the right place. All the candidates paid their attention to lectures and practical sessions. More importantly, the course was held in coincidence with the Men’s World Championship Zonal Qualification Tournament, a high-level competition which badly required all essential elements for a successful organisation. It’s great to learn that all the candidates understood well what they have been instructed,” he added.

Thailand Volleyball Association’s President Mr Somporn Chaibangyang presided over the closing ceremony on Sunday and presented certificates to all the candidates. Also attending the ceremony as guests of honour were AVC Secretary-General Mr Shanrit Wongrprasert, Mr Chai Nimakorn, Director of the FIVB Development Centre in Thailand and Mr Issara Ridhisingh, Manager of the FIVB DC in Thailand.