The Bengaluru official turns into the primary umpire within the nation to officiate at three Olympic Video games
New Delhi, 13th September 2023: Hockey India on Wednesday congratulated Raghu Prasad RV on being appointed as Umpire within the self-discipline of hockey for the 2024 Paris Olympic Video games by the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH), world governing physique for hockey. The FIH introduced its resolution on Tuesday following the choice made by FIH Technical Officers and Umpiring Committee.
Raghu, who has officiated in 186 worldwide matches, would be the solely Indian to officiate in hockey self-discipline on the Paris Olympic Video games subsequent 12 months. This will probably be his third look as an umpire on the best sporting extravaganza – after having officiated in 2012 London Olympics and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Expressing his gratitude to FIH and Hockey India, Raghu Prasad RV acknowledged, “It’s really an ideal honour for me to get a possibility to officiate on the Paris Olympic Video games. I thank FIH Technical Officers and Umpiring Committee for choosing me and I additionally thank Hockey India for all their help over the previous decade.”
He additional highlighted the rise in variety of umpires and technical officers developing in India, who’ve been getting a possibility to officiate at prestigious worldwide occasions. He mentioned, “Over the previous few years, there’s a surge within the variety of umpires and technical officers who’ve been representing India at numerous worldwide occasions and that is purely due to Hockey India’s efforts to coach and equip officers. There are extra girls developing the ranks and this can be a nice second for the nation.”
A local of Bengaluru, Raghu began his umpiring profession in 2001, officiating in home faculty, school and league tournaments. He served as a world umpire for the primary time in 2003 on the 4 Nations Match in Australia. Within the final 20 years, Raghu Prasad has umpired at main occasions comparable to Commonwealth Video games, Asian Video games, three World Cups.
Raghu Prasad may also be seen officiating on the forthcoming Hangzhou Asian Video games this September together with Javed Sheikh, Durga Devi, Moghul Mohd. Muneer, Gurinder Singh Sangha, Biswaranjan Sarangi and Rohini Bopanna.
Congratulating Raghu Prasad on being appointed as Umpire on the 2024 Paris Olympics, Hockey India President Padma Shri Dr Dilip Tirkey mentioned, “I congratulate Raghu Prasad on being appointed by the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) to officiate on the 2024 Paris Olympics. He’s hardworking and at all times upskilling himself with the ever-evolving recreation of hockey and it’s definitely a matter of nice delight for India to have a illustration in officiating on the Paris Olympics. I want him the perfect in getting ready for the celebrated Video games, as umpires too must work equally onerous much like gamers to be in prime type to officiate in these high-octane matches.”
Echoing President’s views, Shri Bhola Nath Singh, Secretary Common of Hockey India, mentioned, “It’s a nice second for India with FIH naming the very skilled Raghu Prasad as umpire for the Paris Olympic Video games. It’s Hockey India’s endeavour to have an increasing number of match officers and technical officers at prestigious hockey occasions. By means of the Hockey India Match Officers Training and Growth Plan we’re always working in direction of offering Indian officers with alternative to upskill their data and likewise are engaged on offering them the suitable publicity. I want Raghu Prasad the perfect.”