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IRCC course in Serbia ends successfully

All 18 candidates successfully passed the final exam and the course requirements, which included refereeing the matches of the 2013 Junior Men Balkan Championship.

Kladovo, Serbia, August 8, 2013 - The Volleyball Federation of Serbia organised an FIVB International Referee Candidates Course (IRCC) in Kladovo that ran from July 29 to August 4, with course director Sergey Titov from Russia (FIVB Refereeing Commission secretary) and course instructor Alexander James Steel from Scotland (President of the FIVB Rules of the Game Commission).  


The participants, who are now International Referee Candidates, came from 14 countries: Nikola Kozić (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Uladzimir Kukashynau and Kanstantsin Asipchyk (Belarus); Morten Klein  (Denmark); Dominik Biegajlo and Sebastijan Widlarz (England), Loic Queste (France), Mirko Till and Janita Richter (Germany), Agnes Batkai-Katona (Hungary), Iris Stojcic and Yael Dotan (Israel), Abbas Ahmad (Kuwait), Daniel Jettkandt (the Netherlands), Szyimon Pindral (Poland), Shirlon Hunte (Saint Lucia), Volodymyr Bosenko (Ukraine) and Tomislav Popović (Serbia).

“Since I joined the FIVB I have done courses for many years, and I have to say that the quality of the preparations for this one is better than anything before,” said Steel.

“The attention to details, the level of cooperation during the course of all the people involved and the level of help of the owner of the hotel was simply fantastic. As for the candidates, this group was as good as any. They tried very hard. Some of them still do not fully understand the rules, but that is why they applied for this course and they improved day by day. We saw it clearly, and I hope some of them will reach the highest level in the future.”

“As professionals, we cannot say that we are 100% satisfied, something is always missing, but the general impression is very good,” said Titov.

“As for the students, I can say that they showed a pretty good level of theoretical and practical knowledge. The new generation is coming to the international stage. We hope that they will be successful. Regarding the competition, this was my first time at the Balkan Championship, and I am very satisfied with the quality of volleyball. Especially with regards to the final match, a five setter, which was very intense.

"We appointed the best referees for this match, the ones who showed the most at the course, and I think they were very good. Generally, this was a big success on all levels. Thanks to the Volleyball Federation of Serbia for organising this course.”

The first International Referees Course for 2013 was held in Congo from July 12 to 21. The third one will take place in Indonesia, from October 14 to 22, and the fourth in Senegal from October 20 to 31. The courses for beach volleyball referees will be held in Sudan, Philippines and Lichtenstein.


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