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Asian Names Prominent in Newly Qualified Blue Badge Umpires List
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Lee Soon Ju is one of eight newly qualified Blue Badge Umpires  Photo By: Courtesy of ITTF Umpires & Referees Committee


Eight new names, to add to the list of Blue Badge Umpires, were announced by the Umpires and Referees Committee of the International Table Tennis Federation on Tuesday 3rd April 2012.

No less than five of the successful candidates to gain the highest award in officiating are from India.

Rohit Shantaram, Krishna Kumar Rokkam, Jiban Baila Samal, Arundhati Brahmachari and Baskar Thiruverkaadu are the five successful Indian candidates.

Five of the eight from India; in fact seven of the eight are from the continent of Asia.

Korea and Singapore Represented
Korea’s Lee Soon Ju and Singapore’s Christabel Ko Jun Li have also secured the prestigious award; the one no-Asian is from Europe.

European Representative
Maria del Carmen Turrado Aldonza from Spain completes the list of those who succeeded during the evaluation period which commenced on Sunday 1st January 2012 and cover the first three months of the year.

The new appointees mean that there is now a total of 223 umpires who possess the Blue Badge.

Blue Badge Umpires – Tuesday 3rd April 2012: Full List

The Ladies

(left to right) Arundhati Brahmachari, Christabel Ko Jun Li and Maria del Carmen Turrado
Photos courtesy of ITTF Umpires & Referees Committee

The Gentlemen

(left to right) Jiban Baila Samal, Krishna Kumar Rokkam and Baskar Thiruverkaadu
Photos courtesy of ITTF Umpires & Referees Committee



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