Bogota, Colombia, February 18, 2013 – The Colombian Federation organised its first national referee's course, with the participation of 24 referees from all regions of the country in early February. The course took place at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento in the Colombian capital of Bogotá and was conducted by Argentine Guillermo Paredes, President of the CSV Refereeing Commission.
The course was part of CSV's development programme for referees in South America (PDAS) aimed at raising the quality of volleyball arbitration in Colombia. The programme aims to have a broad base of referees in South America in the near future.
The opening ceremony was attended by Rafael Lloreda, President of the South American Volleyball Confederation, together with Taylor José Lozada, President of the Colombian Federation, and Guillermo Paredes. "This is the first official activity of the CSV in the year of 2013 and we hope to have, according to the plan, a very fruitful and positive year in all levels of our sport", said Rafael Lloreda. He reaffirmed the importance of arbitration for volleyball saying, "Refereeing is an unavoidable part of the growth of the sport, along with the players, coaches and leaders."