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Egyptian ref finds place among refereeing elite

Egyptian referee Gamal Abd Elnasser Mohamed was one of two African referees to take charge of matches at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Mazury 2013 and his rise to the top level has been meteoric.

Along with Algeria’s Djamal Bergheul, he was the only representative from Africa in what was only his second tournament as an international referee. Following his first appearance was at the Agadir Open in 2011, after he passed the international referees assessment, he was nominated as an international referee in 2012.

“I gained so much experience at Stare Jablonki,” he said. “I worked with high level referees and refereed top-level players, who I only used to watch on TV. Then all of the sudden I go to Stare Jablonki and referee the World Championships.”

Away from the court Mohamed is a lecturer at the world’s oldest university, the University of Alexandria, where he teaches exercise physiology. He previously played and refereed volleyball and he continues to referee both beach volleyball and volleyball, most notably the FIVB Confederations Cup.

He was persuaded to try beach volleyball and earn his refereeing qualifications by his compatriot Hassan Ahmed, the FIVB Referee Commission President, who has since acted as a mentor and Mohamed has no illusions about why he has become involved in the sport.

“Beach volleyball is a good sport,” he added. “I like the outdoor life, the spirit of the players and the skill of the sport.”


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