January 31, 2004 - The FIVB Development Centre in Chennai, India conducted an International Refereeing Candidate Course for the first time in January and combined it with games from the Super League - the Indian national Volleyball league - to give the referees maximum benefit.
The course, hosted by the GKM Foundation and sponsored by Nutrine Confectionery Private Ltd., a leading sweet company in India, allowed referees from Nepal, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and India to officiate during Super League matches and have their performances assessed.
It was a well coordinated course and all the referees managed to experience some top class volleyball.
"This is a big opportunity to come into the Volleyball family," said Mr. Sergeui Titov of Russia, a member of the FIVB Rules and Games Commission and Course Instructor, during the valedictory function of the course. "Even after completing this course you should not relax after going back to your places. You should keep updating yourselves as far as the rules are concerned".
Course director Mr. Jaafar Ali Nazeeb of Bahrain, a member of the FIVB Refereeing Commission, also emphasized the point and told the referees to put into use whatever they learnt in Chennai to improve the standard of the game in their countries.
Chief guest Mr. Isari K. Ganesh, Chairman of the Vel's Group of Colleges, said that his educational institutions would continue to promote sport in a big way and was happy to be associated with Volleyball. He gave away the course completion certificates to Nasheed Ahmed and Shimad Hassan of the Maldives, Gautam Prasad of Nepal, Antonoine Jeannevol and Phil Miachael from the Seychelles, S.A.S.S. Senanayake and T.D. Chandrapala Hewa of Sri Lanka, K. Nidhan Pramanik, Mathew P. John, Baleeshwar Singh, Sanjay Kumar and K. Kanakaraj of India.
General Secretary of the Volleyball Federation of India Mr. K. Murugan and Centre Director Mr. A. Ramana Rao said that the response from member countries should be more in future considering that the Centre in Chennai is the only one to offer free board and lodging for the participants.