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Referees ready to conduct historic World Championship

The 25 referees will cover 103 matches across seven cities

Katowice, Poland, August 29, 2014 - A highly selected 25 of the best volleyball referees in the world are ready to conduct the historic FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014 due to start with the opening match between Poland and Serbia at the National Stadium in Warsaw on Saturday.

 The 25 referees were finely selected from the whole continents of the world to whistle in the competition's 103 matches which determine the world champions for the next 4 years.

 Since their arrival the referees had an examination on rules of the game followed by theoretical and practical clinics supervised by the refereeing subcommittee led by Sergay Titov (RUS), Sandy Steel (SCO), Sogsak Chareongpong (THA) and Willy Paredes (ARG).

 "With the new system of the classification of the referees done by the FIVB Refereeing Commission, we had here the top quality of the referees from all over the World," the Referee Delegate Titov said.

 "We hope them all the best of luck to conduct this historic competition specially that the new technology of the Video challenge System will be used for the first time in the world championships after the trials made before during the World League and the World Grand Prix before,"

 "The faster the game is, the more concentration we need from the referees to follow up the ball and take the proper decisions."

 Referees are enthusiastic to conduct a great competition and that was apparent with their performance during the clinics.

 Three of the 25 referee will end their campaign after this competition due to the age limit and this is also an added factor to do their best at the end of their Prospective career.

 "We need to show the quality of our sport through our performance here," the Egyptian referee Nasr Shaaban said. "We know that our whistle will be an important part of the competition success, so we left home to highly concentrate and add to our sport with our fair performance here. Everyone of us is waiting to start the first whistle to show our fair decisions. We are encouraging each other and even advising each other all the time, so we can do our job in the best way."      

 The 25 referees will conduct a total of 103 matches throughout the competition rounds including 60 matches in the first group stage round, 32 in the second round, 6 in the third round and 5 in the finals.

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