During the 15th and 16th of May, the first online QIUC took place, dictated specially for Russian speaking countries by the ITF Umpire Committee. The two days were developed in a very dynamic way and the students were offered the full ITF Umpiring program in all its specialties (Patterns, Sparring, Pre-Arranged, Power Break and Special Techniques), with the presence of 110 participants, and 11 countries: Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
The course, which was officially opened with by the ITF President GM Paul Weiler, is an International Umpire Qualifier for ITF events for the next two years (QIUC) and qualifies to apply for the class A Umpire certificate (4th Dan and above) and the certificate of class B Umpire (2nd degree and higher) to all those who passed the final exam, who will receive a participation diploma.
The QIUC oversaw Master Abelardo Benzaquén (Director of the ITF Umpires Committee), with the participation of Grand Master Rubén Suárez; Masters Kurt Ottesen and Gordon Wallace and SN Saija Aalto, Petros Mikaelian (Members of the ITF Umpire Committee). The ITF Treasurer, Sabum Leo Oros Duek and SN Gustavo Livon, Chairman of the ITF Communications Committee, actively collaborated in the pre-logistics. Special participation also included the Director of the ITF Technical Committee, GM Héctor Marano,GM Lan Kim Ung, and Master Jurek Jedut.
We thank all the participants who actively accompanied us during the two days and enriched the course with questions about all the topics discussed. Many thanks to GM Paul Weiler, ITF President and his Board of Directors for supporting and making this event possible.
Kind Regards, in name of the ITF UC Members,
Master Abelardo Benzaquén 8° Dan
GM Rubén Suárez 9° Dan
Master Gordon Wallace 8° Dan
Master Kurt Ottesen 8° Dan
SN Saija Aalto 6° Dan
SN Petros Mikaelian 5° Dan