Sri Lankan Wrestling Federation Hosts National Referee Course
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 15:20 By United World Wrestling Press
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (October 25) – The Sri Lankan Wrestling Federation and Sri Lanka NOC organized an Introduction to Referee Course around their U20 National Championships. The course was held from 15-17 October and the competition was on 16 October. Sri Lankan Wrestling Federation took an active part to make the course successful. Mr. Sarath Hewavithrana, president of Sri Lankan Wrestling Federation was present himself throughout the course. Mr. Gopinath and Mr, Dinesh, both from Sri Lanka NOC, were also present during course.
The Introduction to Refereeing course was conducted by Mr. Ashok Kumar – UWW Educator, IS and Olympic Referee. This course had 16 participants (14 men and 2 women). Each day they had a theoretical session from 09h00 to 13h00 and a practical session form 14h30 to 18h00. The referee participants focused on skills that would provide a solid foundation as a referee. The areas they focused on were evaluation of holds, starting and ending matches, referee mechanics, positioning, safety of the athletes, and controlling the bout. During the course, they were asked to referee simulated matches before and after the competition. All of the candidates took part in the U20 National Competition. These activities allowed the referees to apply the skills that they learned directly from the course. “The candidates were very enthusiast to under this course. All participants were happy to learn the course information.” said Mr. Kumar.