THE FIRST INDIAN QUALIFIED TO OFFICIATE AT OLYMPIC GAMES
of Mayyazhi, Mahi, has become the 1st Indian to qualify in
the 3rd level test for technical officers conducted by
International Amateur Athletics Federation, the supreme body in world
achievement becomes all the more meritorious when we know that no other
Indian has qualified even in the 2nd level of the test.
the 3rd level test conducted at Singapore last year, only 4
persons from Asia could qualify. It
is from the panel of 37 qualified at that time that future technical
officers of International athletic meets, including Olympic Games, will be
he has been selected as technical officer for the next Asian Games to be
held in South Korea.
had been technical advisor and referee in the Senior Asian Track and Field
meet held in 1998 in Japan, in 2000 at Jakarta and in 2001 at Brunei as
well as in the Commonwealth Games held in Malaysia in 1998.
who took B.Com degree from Loyola College, Chennai, was the University
champion in long jump. It was
after joining Port Trust, Chennai that he turned his attention to the
grammar of athletics.
is not specialization in a single event but a holistic knowledge of the
track and field that is needed to excel in IAAF test”, he says.
“Those who have officiated at athletic meets in India stand a
good chance to shine in the test. Since
we do not have technological sophistication like the West, the technical
officer has to rely more on his brain.
Besides, as the number of participants in a competition is large,
those who control such ‘mega’ events get trained to handle complex
situations”, he adds.
Courtesy: Mathrubhumi, January 11, 2002
Contributed by: Administrator
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