by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
It is an open invitation. Therefore not all nominations may be accepted. Furthermore only nominations submitted by bona fide national associations will be considered.
Selection will be based on geographical boundaries with an approximate equal division between Blue Badge, Blue Badge in Progress and White Badge Umpires.
National associations may nominate one International Umpire who has achieved Blue Badge status, or, alternatively, has attended a certified ITTF Advanced Umpire Training course and has passed the Advanced Rules Examination.
Additionally, one White Badge International Umpire who has been active internationally for at least two years but has not yet attended an Advanced Umpire Training Course may be nominated. Any nominee in this category should be one of your best newer umpires, capable of achieving Blue Badge status within two years.
If one of the umpires nominated is female, a national association may also nominate one extra umpire in the Blue Badge or Blue Badge in progress category; thus following the policy of encouraging female umpires
Full hospitality will be provided in a twin room from lunch on Sunday 28th May to breakfast on Tuesday 6th June.
Each umpire will receive a daily allowance per competition day, according to ITTF regulations.
All invited umpires must organize their own transport to the region as well as travel and medical insurance.
In addition, all invited umpires are responsible for early arrival and late departure.
Should a nominated umpire require a visa, kindly send relevant details when submitting the nomination (full name as in passport, date of birth, place of birth, passport number, expiry date of passport). A visa will be provided.
Umpires must wear the International umpiring uniforms as described in the Handbook for Match Officials.
An Advanced Umpires Training Course will be held on Sunday 28th May from 8.00am to 6.00pm; all accepted White Badge Umpires must attend the course and sit the Advanced Rules Examination. The fee is $50.00 or $30.00 is only attending one component.
The closing date for nominations is Monday 27th February. The list of umpires accepted will be advised on or before Tuesday 7th March.
Nominations should be submitted by using the following google link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczgp1MJzsxyxQbRzCb0Wy6Zas54Dn3I7gHGs-Nf77ctLvqkA/viewform?c=0&w=1
For replies and questions, please address:
Raul Calin, ITTF Director of Operations and Olympic Games
Liebherr 2017 World Championships: Official letter of invitation (Monday 16th January)