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Referees News 2010

Posted 28th May 2010
EKF Senior European Championship, Athens Greece May 2010, Chief Referee's Report

Referees in attendance: Dale Gamble, Billy Brennan, Vince Parker, Steve Coupland and Ivor Thomas

Well after cancelled flights, general strikes and volcanic ash we finally arrived in Athens! Vince and myself had to travel to Gatwick on Wednesday after our flights had been cancelled, we met up with Billy, Steve and Ivor on the Thursday morning at Gatwick airport. Due to us arriving differently to what had been planned we did not know if there would be anyone to pick us up and we ended up traveling with the French team to our hotel.

We arrived at the referees briefing just in time and Billy, Vince and Steve requalified their positions by sitting the theory exam. The main points on the agenda was the new Kumite rules which will come into force after the World Championships. In brief this entails four corner judges for scoring and referee for penalties. Other changes brought in at these championships are compulsory body protectors, lesser verbal interaction with fighters and scoring to the face will be permitted with slightly more than touch contact.

Day 1
We were all kept busy Vince judged on a bronze medal final and judged on the ladies individual Kata final, Billy also judged on the men's kata final and the 68kg and above Ladies Kumite final. Ivor judged matches in the eliminations and Steve judged on a semi final in Kata. I refereed ten bouts in the eliminations and judged on three bronze finals.

Day 2
Another busy day Steve was involved in the semi-final kata match between France and Italy, Billy refereed the under 55kg female final and judged the female team kata final. I refereed a bronze final which was my first bout as referee of the day, judged on the male under 60kg final between Italy and Turkey which really brought the competition alive with lots of techniques and scoring, it went into an extention and the Italian then won 6 - 0.

Day 3 - Team Kumite
We had an early morning briefing and we were told only referee A's and B's would be used and rotation of the panel would be from round one, this now will be implemented at all European and World events. All though were we all used in various team matches none of us managed to referee a final today.

Debriefing
It was announced that Billy had been put forward as a trainee Tatami chief and over the next two years he will be involved in various courses working towards this, obviously this is great news and everyone was really pleased for him and this will help enhance the English referees department. This was a good championship for the English referees and I would like to say well done to the four of you for keeping up all your hard work over the three days. The next trip is the European regionals in Warsaw where we have four officials taking exams.

Dale Gamble
EKF Chief Referee

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