Fiji Time: 1:22 PM on Friday 12 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Kumar for Brazil

Arin Kumar
Friday, January 17, 2014

NADROGA-based schoolteacher Ravinesh Kumar will be the first Fijian to officiate at the FIFA World Cup.

The FIFA referees committee this week finalised a 90-member referees' panel for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be hosted in Brazil.

And a statement from the Fiji Football Association said Kumar had been selected as an assistant referee and is part of the Oceania trio, which also comprises New Zealanders Peter O'Leary and Jan Hintz.

Tahiti's Norbert Hauata and Mark Rule of New Zealand have been selected as a support duo.

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said in the statement this was a proud moment for football in the country.

"This is a major achievement for Ravinesh Kumar who has been working hard for the past three years and finally has achieved what he had set out to do," he said.

"On behalf of the football family, I would like to congratulate him and wish him all the best.

"This is a proud moment for football in the country, referees department, young referees, footballers and the fans.

"To see our referee officiating at the biggest football event in the world will be a pleasing sight.

"This should lift the profile of refereeing in Fiji and is something for other referees to aim for."

He said Kumar's appointment should set the platform for the sport to further progress.

"It is very important for Fiji FA to continue the hard work and provide the platforms for referees, national teams and players to excel at the international stage.

"This should not be a one-off thing but the start of many other positive things to come our way."

The statement said past local referees had officiated at the FIFA age-group World Cup's but had fallen short of a FIFA World Cup berth.

It said Finau Vulivuli created history by being the first to officiate at the FIFA Women's World Cup.

"Between now and the World Cup, the selected group of match officials will participate in three seminars: February, March/April, and the last one, 10 days before the kick-off of the 2014 FIFA World Cup," said the statement.

"Notable achievements for Kumar include being the first Fijian to officiate at the Olympic Games and FIFA Club World Cup."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65860.6396
JPY 53.786250.7862
GBP 0.32630.3183
EUR 0.41800.4060
NZD 0.71170.6787
AUD 0.66930.6443
USD 0.47540.4584

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 12th February 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Walkout
  2. State officials on standby
  3. More Russian arms
  4. PARLIAMENT'S ORDER PAPER FOR TODAY
  5. Families apply for stay of execution order
  6. Fiji safe
  7. Call to utilise highway
  8. 10,000 students absent daily
  9. Green light for Bill
  10. TC Winston intensifies into category two as it wends

Top Stories this Week

  1. Angry 7s fan smashes TV screen Tuesday (09 Feb)
  2. Need speed Monday (08 Feb)
  3. Dead on the beach Thursday (11 Feb)
  4. 3 MPs are out Wednesday (10 Feb)
  5. NZ 7s final refereeing charade an embarrassment Monday (08 Feb)
  6. Ryan: Sunshine ahead Tuesday (09 Feb)
  7. Investigation as nurse falls with baby Tuesday (09 Feb)
  8. Sydney 7s thriller Wednesday (10 Feb)
  9. The origin of Fiji's sevens series Monday (08 Feb)
  10. Sevens change Wednesday (10 Feb)